Luis Suárez will not start for Uruguay in their match on Saturday against Costa Rica.
Suárez is recovering from keyhole knee surgery, which was undergone just three weeks ago.
“He actually played football [on Thursday] with his team-mates,” Óscar Tabárez said. “Obviously, it was not at the level of demand that you would see in a match but you can never play at that level in a training session. We don’t want to jump the gun on Luis and we have prepared this match without counting on him. It would be wonderful to have him in top form but we have to be very careful. He is recovering very well, we are delighted about that but we have to manage things very carefully indeed.”