Injured Suarez out for four weeks

August 18, 2017
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Atletico Madrid during a Spanish Copa del Rey semifinal first leg against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, February 1. (AP Photo)

BARCELONA (AP):

After losing Neymar for good, Barcelona will also face the first month of the Spanish league season without Luis Suarez.

Barcelona said yesterday that Su·rez will be sidelined for four weeks after medical tests revealed a right-knee injury.

That will rule him of Sunday's league opener against Real Betis, and the following matches against Alaves and Espnayol. The club said he could also miss the match again Getafe after the international break.

Su·rez was injured in the final minutes of Wednesday's 2-0 loss at Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup. After running into goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Su·rez writhed in pain, but remained in the game, and was limping by the final whistle. Madrid won 5-1 on aggregate.

Su·rez has scored 148 goals in the Spanish league, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his three seasons at Barcelona. He led the Spanish league in scoring with 40 goals in 2015-16.

Barcelona is planning to rely on the 30-year-old Su·rez to keep up that level of production to help Lionel Messi overcome the loss of Brazil striker Neymar, who bolted for Paris Saint-Germain on a world-record transfer earlier this month.

Barcelona struggled to produce goals without Neymar in its Super Cup loss to Madrid.

The injury is also a blow for Uruguay, with Su·rez set to miss its next two World Cup qualifiers on August 31 against Argentina and September 5 at Paraguay. Uruguay is currently third in the South American qualifying group, tied on points with Chile and one point ahead of Argentina. Barcelona also said that defender Gerard Pique, who was substituted during the second half of Wednesday's match, has a muscle injury in his left leg.

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