Wednesday, 27th November, 2013

Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates has stressed the importance of positive thinking as he looks to return from a knee injury, with focusing on next summer's World Cup helping him to target a comeback.

The Uruguayan picked up the injury in August while on international duty with Uruguay and was quickly ruled out for the entire 2013/14 season.


There remains an outside chance Coates can return before the end of Liverpool's campaign, but the defender sees involvement in the World Cup with Uruguay as a realistic goal.

And he is happy with his progress towards achieving that.


Coates told LFC TV: "I'm making progress slowly but surely. It's an injury that takes a long time this one, and you have to work hard on a day-to-day basis to recover, but fortunately that's what I'm doing and so I hope to come back fit and well just as soon as I can.

"It's been going very well. As I said, it's a long recovery process for this injury and I think it's more about how you are psychologically in your head and trying to keep positive in order to be able to get back to full fitness as quickly as possible.

"You always think positively, I think that's the most important thing. In my case, I keep myself going by focusing on getting back as quickly as I can, and with the national team, the World Cup is another goal to help me with my recovery."

Coates made his big breakthrough with Uruguay at the 2011 Copa America, being voted the tournament's best player and helping his country to win the crown.

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