LaLiga: Luis Suarez suffers right leg injury in Barcelona's 1-0 defeat to Athletic Club Bilbao in opener

Luis Suarez suffered an injury and has joined Lionel Messi on the sidelines, leaving Barcelona without its two premier strikers for an indefinite time

Agence France-Presse August 17, 2019 15:14:11 IST
LaLiga: Luis Suarez suffers right leg injury in Barcelona's 1-0 defeat to Athletic Club Bilbao in opener
  • Suarez joins Lionel Messi on the sidelines after hobbling off in the 37th minute at San Mames, leaving Barca without their two premium strikers

  • Messi had sustained a calf injury in training earlier this month and was not deemed ready for the match

  • Barcelona did not reveal how long Suarez would be out of action for, saying on Saturday he had a 'right leg' injury

Madrid: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez suffered a right leg injury during his side's defeat at Athletic Bilbao in Friday's La Liga opener, the Spanish champions have confirmed.

Suarez joins Lionel Messi on the sidelines after hobbling off in the 37th minute at San Mames, leaving Barca without their two premium strikers. Messi had sustained a calf injury in training earlier this month and was not deemed ready for the match.

LaLiga Luis Suarez suffers right leg injury in Barcelonas 10 defeat to Athletic Club Bilbao in opener

Doctors attend Barcelona forward Luis Suarez during the match between Athletic Club Bilbao and FC Barcelona. AFP

Barcelona did not reveal how long Suarez would be out of action for, saying on Saturday he had a "right leg" injury and that his availability depended on his recovery.

The Uruguayan was replaced in the central striker's role by new signing Antoine Griezmann, but Bilbao veteran Aritz Aduriz stole the show by coming off the bench and snatching a 1-0 win with a spectacular scissor kick.

As well as Messi, Suarez and Griezmann, Barcelona have Ousmane Dembele as another option in the front three while the club are negotiating with Paris Saint-Germain over re-signing Neymar.

Philippe Coutinho, however, looks set to leave the club. Barca director Guillermo Amor told Movistar on Friday that there was an "agreement in principle" for the Brazilian to join Bayern Munich on loan.

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