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World Cup stories have already begun and this is a great time to prepare yourself for following the competition in both your own language and in English. At the moment, reports are focusing on injuries to key players like Luiz Suarez. 

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Uruguayan national football team footballer Luis Suarez (with hood) leaving hospital after being operated on May 22, 2014 in Montevideo. The Liverpool star is remaining upbeat after Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) said that his participation at the World Cup "is not ruled out" following knee surgery. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas GARCIA

The World Cup in Brazil will have stories like this one every day. Learn to read them in English as well as Thai in "World Cup English". (In stores this weekend.)

World Cup stories have already begun and this is a great time to prepare yourself for following the competition in both yoru own language and in English. At the moment, the stories are focusing on the various team's preparations for the matches in Brazil and one concern is injuries to key players like Luiz Suarez.

As my book "World Cup English" says:

"Many top players inevitably carry nagging injuries from club soccer and they are analysed in great detail. Each match brings more injuries – knees, ankles, calves, and hamstrings all take a beating – some ruling players out for a match or two or more. Reporters want to know how the manager and the player are handling them and how they affect team selection and team play."

นักเตะดาวเด่นจำนวนไม่น้อยไม่อาจหลีกเลี่ยงอาการบาดเจ็บที่รบกวนมาตั้งแต่การเล่นให้สโมสรซึ่งต้องได้รับการวิเคราะห์อย่างละเอียดยิบ แต่ละแมตช์นำมาซึ่งอาการบาดเจ็บที่เพิ่มขึ้นๆ — เข่า ข้อเท้า น่อง และเอ็นร้อยหวาย การบาดเจ็บทั้งหมดล้วนส่งผลให้แพ้ชนะได้ — ทำให้นักฟุตบอลไม่ได้ลงเล่นหนึ่งนัดบ้าง สองบ้าง หรือมากกว่านั้นอีก ผู้สื่อข่าวอยากจะทราบว่าผู้จัดการและนักฟุตบอลจัดการกับอาการบาดเจ็บอย่างไร และมีผลต่อการเลือกผู้เล่นและการเล่นของทีมอย่างไร

Today, May 23, the focus is on Liverpool star Luis Suarez who has just undergone an operation on his knee. Will he be ready to play for his home country of Uruguay?

Football: Suarez still hopeful of making World Cup after surgery

MONTEVIDEO, AFP – Liverpool star Luis Suarez is remaining upbeat after the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) said that his participation at the World Cup "is not ruled out" following knee surgery on Thursday.

In an email sent to Uruguayan journalist Federico Buysan, and which the latter posted on Twitter, Suarez wrote: "I'm doing great and am ready to run. Thanks to everyone and stay calm, I'll make it".

Earlier, in the first official statement to come out of the Uruguayan camp after news leaked that Suarez would require an operation, the AUF indicated that the player had "suffered intense pain in his left knee" in training on Wednesday morning.

It was therefore decided that he should undergo "arthroscopic surgery to repair meniscus damage".

Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez (L) vies for the ball against Newcastle United's English defender Mike Williamson during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on May 11. He later received a bad knock on the knee. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS

The statement added that "no other damage to the knee was spotted" but the AUF pointed out that the 27-year-old took a knock to the same knee playing for Liverpool against Newcastle United on the final day of the Premier League season on May 11.

Wearing jeans and a sports jacket, Suarez appeared in good humour as he left hospital on Thursday afternoon in a wheelchair.

The player raised his hand to acknowledge the dozens of well-wishers who shouted encouragement as he was driven away in an ambulance.

He now faces a race against time to be ready for Uruguay's World Cup campaign, which begins in a little over three weeks against Costa Rica in the northern Brazilian city of Fortaleza.

Experts said it could take anywhere from two to six weeks to recover from the surgery, but the AUF are remaining optimistic.

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analyse: to examine the nature or structure of something, especially by separating it into its parts, in order to understand or explain it - วิเคราะห์, ศึกษา, ตรวจสอบ

ankle: the part at the bottom of your leg where your foot joins your leg - ข้อเท้า

arthroscopic surgery: a medical operation which involve only a very small cut being made in the patient's body; keyhole surgery - การผ่าตัดโดยใช้เครื่องมือสอดลงไปในรูเล็กๆ ที่เจาะไว้บนผิวหนัง

calf: the back part of the leg between the ankle and the knee น่อง - น่อง

calm: peaceful and quiet; without anxiety - ใจเย็น,ไม่ตื่นเต้น, สงบ

competition: an organised event in which people try to win prizes by being better than other people - การแข่งขัน

defender: a player whose job is to stop the other team scoring in a game such as football - ผู้ป้องกัน

hamstring: one of the five tendons behind the knee that connect the muscles of the upper leg to the bones of the lower leg - เอ็นร้อยหวาย

humour: mood; the state of your feelings or mind at a particular time - อารมณ์

indicate: to express or explain something - ชี้ชัด, ระบุชัด, ชี้บอก

inevitably: unavoidable; certain to happen - ซึ่งหลีกเลี่ยงไม่ได้

injury: physical damage done to a person or a part of their body - อาการบาดเจ็บ

intense: very strong - แรง, เข้มข้น

journalist: a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television - ผู้สื่อข่าว

key: very important - ที่สำคัญ

knee: the joint between the top and bottom parts of the leg where it bends in the middle - หัวเข่า

knock: a sharp blow (hit) from something hard; an injury -

leak: to tell private or secret information to journalists or to the public; to release secret or private information, photos, etc. without permission - ทำให้รู้ความลับ, เปิดเผย

meniscus: a thin layer of cartilage (soft bone) between the surfaces of some joints, for example the knee - กระดูกอ่อนมินิสคัส

nagging: affecting you in an unpleasant way for a long time - ที่คอยกวนใจ

optimistic: expecting good things to happen or to be successful - โดยคาดหวังสิ่งที่ดี, มองโลกในแง่ดี

pain: the feelings that you have in your body when you have been hurt or when you are ill/sick; mental or emotional suffering - ความเจ็บปวด

participation: to take part in or become involved in an activity - การมีส่วน

repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง

reporter: someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว

rule out: to stop considering something as a possibility - ประกาศว่าเป็นสิ่งที่เป็นไปไม่ได้

selection: choice; the process of choosing - การเลือก,การคัดเลือก

spotted: seen; noticed - ปรากฏให้เห็น

striker: a football player whose job is to stay near the opponent’s goal and to score goals - การบุกในกีฬาฟุตบอล

surgery: medical treatment in which a doctor cuts open someone’s body - การผ่าตัด

undergo an operation: to have a medical treatment in which a doctor cuts open someone’s body - ผ่าตัด

upbeat: happy and positive because you are confident that you will get what you want - มีความหวัง, มองโลกในแง่ดี

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