As the Copa America 2016 draws near, Uruguay and Spanish club Barcelona striker Luis Suarez’ presence during the initial games of the tournament comes to a doubt because of his hamstring injury.
Suarez suffered an injury on the 56th minute of the second half of the Copa del Rey Finals, where Barcelona won against Sevilla 2-0 on extra time. Suarez stretched for a cross, and later felt the pain as he still tried to play while holding his hand on the back of his leg. Suarez asked for medical assistance and was escorted out of the field in tears.
A formal statement was released on the official website of Barcelona, where the club said that Suarez had gone through tests and it is confirmed that the forward suffered a hamstring injury.
“Tests on Monday morning have confirmed that FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has suffered an injury to the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg.” the statement said.
It was also announced that Suarez will be starting his rehabilitation in Barcelona, and will be continuing with his recovery in Uruguay as he joins his national team in June 1.
However, Uruguay team doctor Alberto Pan claims that the injury will take about three weeks, thus will make Suarez miss the initial games of Copa America.
Suarez later said on his Twitter account that he is hoping that the injury is “nothing so I can be with my national team next week.”
In the last Copa America, which was held in 2015, Suarez was not able to join his national team because of the suspension he had to serve for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Luis Suarez