Luis Suarez has trebled his workload in a bid to be fit in time for Uruguay's World Cup meeting with England.
The Liverpool striker underwent meniscus cartilage surgery last month, sparking fears he would miss a significant portion of his country's campaign in Brazil which begins on Saturday against Costa Rica.
However, the Copa America holders have persistently quelled talk of the Premier League's top scorer last season missing the competition and his teammate Christian Rodriguez has revealed the measures the 27-year-old has taken to ensure he lines up against Roy Hodgson's side.
"He is very focused," Rodriguez was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "He is working in double and triple shifts and we hope to have him with us soon."
Manager Oscar Tabarez has however played down talk of Suarez's return in time for his side's curtain raiser this weekend.
"We have no set deadlines," he said. "I don't know if we will have him for the first match, for the second, or for the third. If it were up to me, Suarez would play tomorrow."
In Suarez's absence Uruguay have the formidable Edinson Cavani to turn to. Although the 27-year-old did not enjoy his best season at Paris Saint Germain last term where he was often asked to play out wide to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he still managed to contribute 16 Ligue goals in just 25 starts.
Elsewhere, Tabarez can turn to former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, Southampton forward Gaston Ramirez, Espanyol hitman Christian Stuani and Palermo youngster Abel Hernandez.