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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez promises “I’ll be spectacular when I return!”

Luis Suarez has said that the international break will be good for him, as it gives him the time to get back to full fitness before the La Liga resumes.

The 30-year-old has been bothered by a knee injury this season and that has affected his performances with the Uruguayan struggling. With only three goals (all in the La Liga) in 14 games, Luis Suarez has been in arguably his worst patch of form since the 2011/12 season with Liverpool where he only finished with 11 goals.

Since then, however, the Barcelona striker has scored more than 20 goals in all competitions and has even gone on to win both the La Liga and Premier League top-goalscorer award at least once. While the 30-year-old will go on to miss Uruguay’s matches during the two-week-long break, it does give him the chance to recharge his batteries and return to his old ways of scoring goals for fun for the Catalans.

In an interview, Luis Suarez went on to say “Have a rest and finish recovering well, during these two weeks, I will come [back in] spectacular [condition]. After the injury I had, I hurried a lot with the knee and in the long run, it can hurt you. I had a lot of pressure on the physical level, just getting to the national team and until now I had not had a break.

“The best thing was to make an arrangement with the national team and Barca, as the club let me go with the national team just after the injury when I had not played yet.  These friendlies [against Poland and Austria] are not a priority for the selection.”

Suarez further added about his injury, saying “You always have some fear of getting to have some blow and make it worse, but after this break and with the treatment I’m doing I will not have pain anymore.”

However, despite their main striker’s problems in front of goal, Barcelona still find themselves at the top of the table, four points clear of Valencia and eight points of Real Madrid. With the likes of Paco Alcacer, Paulinho and of course Lionel Messi doing well, the club has certainly not suffered, with 22 goals in all competitions between the three players.

Author’s take:

While Barcelona is certainly doing well right now without Luis Suarez’s massive contributions, there will come a time when Neymar’s absence will be felt. While the Brazilian did only score 13 goals last season, he was exceptional on the left wing and to have a fully fit Suarez back would certainly ease Lionel Messi burden.

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