Suazo in race against time to face Chile
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Honduran striker David Suazo is struggling to be fit for his country's first match at the FIFA World Cup™ finals against Chile on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Inter Milan striker, who has been sent out on loan in the past three seasons to Benfica and Genoa, suffered an unspecified muscular injury but said that he was back in training with his teammates and was hopeful of making the Group H clash.

"My recovery is coming along well," said Suazo, who was given his break in European football by present Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez when he was in charge of Serie A side Cagliari in 1999. "Today [Saturday] I trained with my team-mates and each day I feel better. We are hoping that from now to Wednesday I will be able to respond positively as regards my being available to play and to how much of a role I can play.

"My heart tells me that I would like to play in all the matches, to stretch myself to the limit, but that depends on other factors. There are two days to go to decide and everything will depend on these two days."

Aside from Chile, Honduras -- playing in their first World Cup since 1982 -- will play European champions Spain on June 21 and round off their group stage campaign against Switzerland on June 25.