Barcelona loses Luis Suarez four weeks to a knee injury

Ross Houston
August 18, 2017

News of Suarez's injury broke via the official Uruguay Football Association page, which was subsequently confirmed by the Blaugrana.

That will rule him of Sunday's league opener against Real Betis, and the following matches against Alaves and Espnayol.

Tests carried out on Thursday confirmed that the Uruguayan has "a distension in the posterior articular capsule in his right knee", and injury he sustained in the second half of Barca's second leg Supercopa de Espana defeat to LaLiga champion Real Madrid, which won the tie 5-1 on aggregate.

He could also potentially miss the matches with Getafe and Eibar. After running into goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Suarez writhed in pain but remained in the game and was limping by the final whistle.

His absence comes at a critical time with the club still reeling from the loss of Neymar, who left the Nou Camp to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of €222m.

His country, Uruguay had also confirmed Saurez' absence for "four to five weeks", ruling him out of his country's important World Cup qualifiers against Argentina on August 31 and Paraguay on September 5.

Uruguay, meanwhile, sit third in World Cup qualifying in CONMEBOL with four matches remaining, just one point clear of fifth-placed Argentina and three points ahead of sixth-placed Ecuador.

Barcelona have also confirmed Pique has suffered a groin strain having undergone a scan on Thursday. He said while the team has deals in the works, no player has been signed yet.

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