The Uruguayan picked up an injury to his calf in the Catalans opening day defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Friday, and is expected to be ruled out for up to a month as he recovers.
This would see him miss Barca’s upcoming La Liga games against Betis and Osasuna, with a timely international break approaching limiting his potential absence to just two league matches.
With Lionel Messi – who missed the Bilbao match with a calf injury – still a doubt for this Sunday’s visit of Betis, and Ousmane Dembele now ruled out for five weeks with a hamstring complaint, it leaves Barcelona extremely thin on the ground up front.
Messi could well return this weekend, but is reportedly still training away from the group so isn’t 100% confirmed to play a part in the Catalans’ first home league fixture of the new campaign.
Should the Argentine fail to return, Ernesto Valverde may be forced into a huge change of tactics. If so, perhaps Antoine Griezmann could lead the line in his teammates’ absence, while right-back Sergi Roberto could be deployed in a more advanced position on the right flank – a position he has previously played in for the Spanish champions.
Things aren’t looking great for Barcelona at the moment, after losing their opening league match the last thing they needed was a load of fresh injuries to their main players.
They simply have to get off the mark against Betis, with the emphasis now fully on summer signing Griezmann to step up to the plate and deliver without the prolific Suarez to rely on.
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