Suarez may have to sit out Copa America

IN TEARS: Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Suarez left just before the hour mark of Sunday's match against Sevilla. Barca boss Enrique said the injury is "something muscular" and Suarez hopes "it is nothing".


    May 24, 2016

    Suarez may have to sit out Copa America


    BARCELONA striker Luis Suarez is a doubt for next month's Copa America after hobbling off in tears midway through the Copa del Rey final win over Sevilla on Sunday with a muscle injury.

    The Uruguayan departed just before the hour mark of a bad-tempered final which saw three players sent off as goals in extra-time from Jordi Alba and Neymar handed Barca a 2-0 win and a 28th cup triumph.

    "It is something muscular. Until the doctors look at him in Barcelona, we won't know the extent of the injury," said Barca boss Luis Enrique.

    Suarez posted on his official Twitter account: "Now we have to wait for the tests tomorrow.

    "I hope it is nothing and I can be with my national team next week. Thank you for the support."

    Suarez returned to competitive international duty only in March after completing a lengthy ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

    Uruguay face Mexico in their opening match in the Copa America, which is being hosted by the United States, on June 5 before playing Venezuela and Jamaica in Group C.

    Suarez scored 59 goals in a prolific season for Barcelona to become the first man in seven years other than team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Pichichi prize for La Liga's top scorer.

    Sunday's fiery game saw three red cards.

    Javier Mascherano's dismissal just before half-time for pulling down Kevin Gameiro put Barca on the back foot.

    However, they resisted Sevilla's pressure after the break and Barca's numerical disadvantage was cancelled out in stoppage time when Ever Banega saw red for chopping down Neymar.

    Barca dominated the extra 30 minutes but needed just six to finally make the breakthrough.

    Messi's sumptuous pass picked out Alba to volley into the far corner.

    Neymar then slotted home a second in the dying seconds from another brilliant Messi assist after Daniel Carrico had also been dismissed for two bookable offences.

    "It was a great, intense and exciting final," said Barca captain Andres Iniesta. "It was a last push for the club to complete a magnificent season."

    Enrique said: "It has been a spectacular end to the season.

    "The team has known how to compete marvellously despite the difficulties we have faced this season."

    Sevilla coach Unai Emery believes his side's exertions in midweek in the Europa League final robbed them of the energy needed to make their numerical advantage count.

    "If we had have been fresher, we would have been able to create more chances," he noted. "Barca didn't have many opportunities but they were efficient."