The latest reports out of Chile indicate that Monterrey striker Humberto Suazo will not undergo an operation on his injured shoulder. Claudio Bustios, a sports reporter for Canal 13 in Santiago, Chile, tweeted the following news earlier today:
Definitivamente, Monterrey decidió no operar a HUmberto Suazo de su sinovitis traaumàtica en hombro izquierdo. Juega el fin de semana.
An operation was being considered by Suazo to help relive the ongoing pain from a previous shoulder injury, which has dramatically worsened in recent weeks. Doctors from both Monterrey and the Chilean national team were consulted. The operation would have ended Suazo's club season at Monterrey, and would have also made it highly unlikely that he could play in this summer's Copa America. Chile opens Copa America play on July 4th against Mexico, a match Suazo has previously stated his desire to participate in.
Not having surgery means Suazo will return to Monterrey within the next week. It also means he may be available for next Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League final against Real Salt Lake. Chilean national team manger Claudio Borghi is reportedly unhappy with the decision. Borghi has stated that his concerns are all long term, and he most wants to see a 100% healthy Suazo back in the Chile uniform for upcoming World Cup qualifiers, even at the expense of missing Copa America. With Suazo retuning to Monterrey, it is still unclear how close he will be to full strength over the final few weeks of the season. The injury has kept him in considerable pain since re-aggravating it back in February.