Luis Suarez Could Miss Champions League First Leg Versus Manchester United

Barcelona have been dealt an injury blow ahead of facing Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final.

Ousmane Dembele is already facing a spell on the sideline after suffering a torn hamstring, and Ernesto Valverde could be without one of his other attacking talents in the shape of Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan striker starred for Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday. He scored and created a goal in their 4-1 thrashing of Real Betis.

However, the three points may have come at a cost. Suarez picked up a knock. He sprained his ankle and has been ruled out for up to 15 days.

He's subsequently withdrawn from the Uruguay squad.

Suarez is now a doubt for Barcelona's first leg against United. So, Valverde could be missing both Dembele and Suarez for one of their biggest games of the season.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Barcelona's lack of attacking depth within their squad could be their downfall.

While they've Malcom and Philippe Coutinho waiting in the wings, the pair of Brazilians are hardly in good form.

Malcom has only played 15 games all season following his summer switch from Bordeaux with Coutinho's confidence a bit fragile after an underwhelming campaign.

But he did play well against Lyon in the previous round according to his manager.

"We spoke [before the Lyon game] to look over what he was doing well and where we could help him improve," Valverde said about Coutinho.

"But the conversation will remain private. He has been playing a lot anyway and played really well against Lyon and we expect a lot from him regardless of whether Dembele's injured or not."

Barcelona travel to Old Trafford on April 10 for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, with the return leg six days later at the Nou Camp.

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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