Luis Suarez has confirmed he will not play this weekend.
Luis Suarez limped off in the 37th minute of the opening game of the season against Athletic Bilbao.
While it has been confirmed to be some form of muscle strain in his calf. There has been little other news from the players camp or that of the club.
Worse still for Suarez and Barcelona, the game ended in defeat.
The player simply told the press, he hopes to be back soon.
Luis Suárez dice que ve IMPOSIBLE jugar este domingo contra el Betis. El uruguayo lo ha confirmado hace unos minutos al llegar de Tanger en vuelo privado. Suárez ha viajado con un vendaje en su pierna derecha #fcb #fcblive pic.twitter.com/NyB9YbCs5t
— David Ibáñez (@DavidIbanez5) August 19, 2019
Barcelona’s next two games are Real Betis at home and Ossasuna away. After these two games, there is an international break.
The hope from the club and the player is that this will be enough time for him to recover as the season will then get into full swing.
It is suspected he will be out for around 1 month. Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde will be hoping to have Lionel Messi back soon.
Now with the departure of Philippe Coutinho, his attacking options are limited. He will have to make some tactical and positional adjustments to accommodate what he has at his disposal.
If they manage to sign Neymar, it is more than likely that it will not go down to the September 2nd deadline before it is all finalised.
This could see some fringe players, such as Rafinha and Dembele get some much needed playing time and the opportunity to impress. As well as some La Masia prospects get bumped up the roster to experience some first-team action.