Barcelona’s trip to Saudi Arabia sees it back in Spain all sorts of grumpy.
First the Blaugranas fell apart at the back after Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi gave them a second half lead over Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup Final.
The 3-2 loss has now been joined by a significant injury to Luis Suarez, who went 90 minutes and assisted Messi’s goal in the overseas semifinal.
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Suarez is having surgery on his right knee on Sunday, the second-straight season the ex-Liverpool man has required a procedure on his knee.
It’s not as simple as copying and pasting that recovery time, as he went under the knife with just three matches left in the La Liga season. His first missed match was May 4 and the Copa del Rey final was May 25.
Barcelona has been linked with forwards in the transfer window as the club looks to firm up both La Liga and UEFA Champions League credentials.
The Uruguayan has 14 goals and 11 assists in 23 matches this season. He’s scored at least 20 goals in a season every year since 2011/12, his first season with Liverpool.
From the international angle, Uruguay begins World Cup qualifying on March 26 versus Chile.