Bad news for Uruguay heading into the Copa America tournament next month is that star striker Luis Suarez pulled his hamstring during Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey at the weekend.
Suarez left the field in tears as it was feared that he would the tournament but that does not seem to be the case after Barcelona released this statement today:
Tests on Monday morning have confirmed that FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has suffered an injury to the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg. Following the recommendations of the Club’s medical services team, the 2015/16 Golden Shoe winner will begin his rehabilitation in Barcelona. On 1 June, Suárez will join the Uruguay national team in the United States, where he’ll continue with the second phase of his recovery.
Suarez was Barca’s top goalscorer this season with 59 goals in all competitions and he won the Pichichi in La Liga after scoring 40 league goals.
Uruguay opens in the Copa America on June 5 against Mexico. There are some reports that Suarez could be out for a month, which would have him fit for the quarter-finals on June 18 at the latest.
Uruguay should have no trouble getting out of group with Mexico, Jamaica and Venezuela and having a fit and healthy Luis Suarez waiting for the semi-finals would be a great boost to their hopes for a record 16th Copa America title.
Uruguay Copa America Tournament
June 5: Mexico vs Uruguay Univ. of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
June 9: Uruguay vs Venezuela Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
June 13: Uruguay vs Jamaica Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA