Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will be out of action for at least four to six weeks with a knee injury, FC Barcelona confirmed on Thursday. The Uruguayan striker went through an arthroscopic knee surgery on the medial meniscus.
This marks the end of Luis Suarez’s domestic season.
However, it is also being feared that the injury could lead to Luis Suarez missing the initial stages of Copa America as well. The South American international football tournament begins on June 14, and Uruguay will play its opening game two days later against Ecuador.
“The first team player Luis Suárez has a medial meniscus injury in his right knee and has been operated on by Dr.Cugat, undergoing arthroscopic surgery under the supervision of the Club's medical staff,” the statement on the club’s official website read.
The Uruguayan striker made 49 appearances for Barcelona throughout the season, scoring 25 goals. His goals also included a hat-trick against Real Madrid in the first El Clasico in the league last year.
The injury to Suarez came as another setback to Barcelona after their shock exit from the Champions League earlier this week. The Catalan giants suffered a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool after holding a three-goal advantage over Jurgen Klopp’s side in the first leg.
Barcelona, however, have the opportunity to achieve a domestic double later this month as they line up against Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey. Valverde’s men clinched their second consecutive league title last month, after the win against Levante.
A win in the Copa del Rey this season would make Barcelona the first-ever side to win five straight Spanish cup titles.