BARCELONA (AP) – Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez was to undergo arthroscopy Thursday for a meniscal injury to his right knee, his Barcelona club said. The surgery opens the doubt about the presence of Suarez in the Copa América in a month.
Suarez has “an inner meniscal lesion of the right knee,” Barcelona said in a statement in which he added that “later on, the evolution of the intervention and the approximate time of absence will be reported.”
The operation announced two days after the elimination of the Catalan club in the semifinals of the Champions League, will prevent Suarez from playing in the last two games of the Spanish League, against Getafe and Eibar. The 32-year-old striker would also lose the final of the Copa del Rey against Valencia on May 25.
After the fall in Europe, in which they squandered a 3-0 lead after the first leg and lost 4-3 to Liverpool, the Catalans cling to the hope of a domestic double. They revalidated the league scepter two weeks ago.
The time of loss after knee arthroscopy is one month, depending on the magnitude of the intervention. That raises doubts about whether Suárez could go to the Copa América, which will be held in Brazil from June 14 to July 7.
During the 2018-19 season, Suarez has scored 21 goals in the League, three in the Copa del Rey and one in the Champions League. He is the second top scorer of the team, only behind the Argentine Lionel Messi.