As the new La Liga season is set to commence, Barcelona have found themselves in hot waters following the injury sustained by Luiz Suarez in Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup loss to Real Madrid.
The striker will now miss the start of the Liga campaign and key World Cup qualifiers for Uruguay after suffering a knee injury on Wednesday.
Luis Suarez will be sidelined for up to five weeks after suffering a right knee injury in Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
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Barcelona and the Uruguayan Football Association announced the news on Thursday, confirming the striker will be sidelined for the start of the Liga campaign as well as upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Paraguay.
Suarez appeared to suffer the injury in the 85th minute of Barca’s 2-0 loss to Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, with Los Blancos triumphing 5-1 on aggregate. The 30-year-old managed to continue playing and finish the match despite the injury.
The news comes at a particularly unwelcome time for Barca, who open their Liga campaign against Real Betis on Sunday. The Catalans already are shorthanded in the attack following the world-record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month, and midfielder Andres Iniesta sat out Wednesday’s Super Cup second leg with a thigh problem.
The Camp Nou outfit have so far struggled to bring in reinforcements for their squad particularly in the wake of Neymar’s world record sale to PSG, with Nelson Semedo and Paulinho their two main summer signings thus far.
However, as earlier reported by Naija News, Barcelona general manager Pep Segura has claimed the club is close to completing the double signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool and Ousmane Dembele from Dortmund.
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