Barca handed Suarez boost

La Liga

Barcelona have received an injury boost after it emerged Luis Suarez will not need surgery on a reported knee injury.

Uruguay international Suarez, who was sidelined earlier this season with a knee problem, had reportedly agreed with Barcelona to have a cyst removed from his right knee in November, meaning he would be unavailable for both club and country.

La Celeste are already assured of a play-off place for the 2018 World Cup ahead of their final qualifying match against Bolivia on Tuesday, but there were fears they would be without their star man for next month’s outing.

However, Uruguay team doctor Alberto Pan said the 30-year-old forward would only require surgery if his condition deteriorated and there are no suggestions that this will happen anytime soon.

“If it was big enough as to require sacrifices, they would have put him through surgery already. He’s fit to play,” he told La Oral Deportiva. “There is no need to generate a problem when it doesn’t exist. As of today, he does not need it.”

Suarez, who is set to play against Bolivia, is also expected to start Barcelona’s crucial La Liga clash away at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.


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