Luis Suárez has suffered a knee injury recently. Dr Ramon Cugat used keyhole surgery, this Sunday, to operate Luis Suárez, to resolve an injury to the external meniscus of the right knee by performing a suture. The club has declared Suárez to be out of the game for approximately four months. The 32-year-old Uruguayan striker has played 23 games so far this season, in which he has scored 14 goals. 11 of which has come in Laliga and 3 in the UEFA Champions League. He has the most number of assists in the Spanish league in the 2019-20 season (7 assists).
Luis Suárez is out for four months
Luis Suárez had surgery earlier in his career as well, in Liverpool, before moving to FC Barcelona. He played the whole game against Atletico Madrid. But, he suffered an injury to the external meniscus on his right knee. Suárez’s absence for the rest of the season has prompted the Barcelona board to sign a replacement. Earlier, Suárez has been in the line of criticism for his hot and cold form frequently for the past two seasons. He has not scored an Away Champions League for more than three years. His growing age and declining reflex calls for a need to find his permanent replacement. The Uruguayan has a contract till 2021 and has no intention of leaving before.
Barcelona signed Antoine Griezmann for £107million. However, Suárez earlier this season has suggested to sign a high profile permanent replacement for him in the long term. “If they bring in a new team-mate for me to compete with, that’s the same pressure as having to play every three days,” Suárez told beIN Sports, “And I have to be thinking about the future of the club, as a fan of the club, I have to think about the future. And maybe the best thing is if they sign a young or an established player to carry the torch as Barcelona’s number 9.”
Barcelona look for alternatives
Barcelona does not usually sign players in the January transfer window unless and until there is a definite need for it. The Blaugrana club brought Kevin Prince Boateng as a replacement to departing Munir in the January Transfer Window last year.
The young and promising La Masia players like Ansu Fati and Carles Perez are the options in Barcelona’s attack. But, depending on these young, immature players in the crucial stage of the season, amidst injury concerns is a high risk.
Barcelona already likes Lautaro Martinez and is on the lookout to sign him. They believe him to be the best replacement of Luis Suárez. But his high release clause is what adds trouble to their wish. According to reports, Barcelona has scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss on Luis Suárez.
The Catalan Side is currently at the top of the Laliga, thanks to their goal difference. Real Madrid is in the second position with the same points as Barca. The Blaugranas topped their Champions League group and will face Napoli in the round of 16.