Barcelona have confirmed that Luis Suarez will be out for the next month but hope to have Gerard Pique fit and ready for Sunday’s La Liga curtain-raiser against Real Betis at Camp Nou.
Both players finished Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid with knocks, and tests at the club’s training ground on Thursday showed the extent of Suarez’s knee problem.
“Luis Suarez will be out of action for around four weeks,” the Catalan club said in a statement. “Tests carried out on Thursday confirmed that the Uruguayan has a distension in the posterior articular capsule in his right knee picked up in the second half of Wednesday’s Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Further tests carried out on Gerard Pique confirmed that the defender has a groin strain in his left leg and his recovery will dictate his availability for the game against Betis.”
Suarez will miss Barca’s league matches against Betis, Alaves and Espanyol and possibly the trip to Getafe later in September.
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