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Suarez risks missing out of United’s game with injury

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Luis Suarez is facing a race in time to be fit Barcelona’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United after spraining his ankle.

The former Ajax and Liverpool forward was substituted in the final minutes of the 4-1 La Liga win against Real Betis on Sunday night, after netting his 18th league goal of the season for Barcelona.

Following the assessment on Suarez’s ankle, an official statement from Barcelona said: “Tests carried out on Monday morning have confirmed that first team player Luis Suarez has a sprained right ankle.

“He will be out for 10-15 days and now undertake his recovery with the FC Barcelona medical team, having been withdrawn from the Uruguayan national team squad.”

According to the Metro, Suarez who was in line to join Oscar Tabarez’s squad for a match against Uzbekistan has now withdrawn from the squad.

Ernesto Valverde’s men play United at Old Trafford in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on April 10, with the return fixture six days later at the Nou Camp.

The winners of that tie will play either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-finals.

Apart from Suarez grabbing one for his team on the night, Lionel Messi made headlines by scoring his 51st career hat-trick in Barca’s win over Betis.

The win extended their lead at the top to 10 points over second-placed Atletico Madrid to further consolidate their chase for a treble.