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Barcelona receive Suarez scare ahead of Man Utd clash

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Luis Suarez has given Barcelona an injury scare ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester United.

The 32-year-old scored one and provided another as Barca won 4-1 at Real Betis on Sunday evening, before having to be taken off in the dying stages.

LaLiga's leaders have now confirmed that Suarez sustained a sprained ankle that will rule him out of action for Uruguay and the remainder of March.

Barcelona said in a statement: "Tests carried out on Monday morning have confirmed that first team player Luis Suarez has a sprained right ankle.

"He will be out for 10-15 days and will now undertake his recovery with the FC Barcelona medical team, having been withdrawn from the Uruguayan national team squad."

Barca will be hoping Suarez makes a straightforward recovery given they travel to Old Trafford for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against United on April 10.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side head to the Nou Camp for the return fixture on April 16.


Out-of-form Coutinho unsure over Barcelona future

Coutinho's form has dramatically dipped and he has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth. Credit: PA

Philippe Coutinho hopes he has more to offer Barcelona but is not ready to shed any light on his future beyond this season.

The former Liverpool midfielder, who moved to Catalonia last January for a reported initial fee of £106.4million, scored in Wednesday's 5-1 Champions League win over Lyon but has failed to establish himself in Barca's first team.

He has been linked with a summer move back to the Premier League, with Liverpool's fierce rivals Manchester United mentioned as a possible destination.

"In the last few weeks, months even, I've not been playing well but I still want to improve," Coutinho told Spanish TV station Movistar+ after the Lyon game.

"I came to Barcelona to give my best. I live for the moment. You never know what the future holds.

"I am happy with my performance (against Lyon)."

Coutinho has started only 16 league games this season, scoring four goals, but has netted three times in the Copa del Rey - including a brace against Sevilla - while Wednesday's goal was his second of the European campaign.

Coach Ernesto Valverde said at his post-match press conference: "It was an important game for him (Coutinho) as it was for everyone, our club and our team.

"I think he had a great game. It is true maybe this year he's had some not great matches, but in some specific times he did well, he scored two goals against Sevilla.

"So, we expect him to get more confidence in order to give us his best. We are happy for him."


Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez joins Arsenal on loan

Barcelona confirmed the loan deal while announcing a contract extension for the midfielder Credit: PA

In a statement published on the club's website, Barcelona announced Denis Suarez would join Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.

The Nou Camp giants also confirmed that Suarez had signed a new contract set to keep him at the five time Champions League winners until at least 2021.

Despite that extension, the deal includes an option for Arsenal to convert Suarez' loan into a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Barcelona announced the departure on their official website Credit:

The Gunners pursuit of Suarez was thought to have hit stumbling blocks earlier in the week, and with defensive injuries mounting at the Emirates, there was no guarantee that a deal would be done for the 25-year-old Spanish midfielder.

A statement on the website announcing the departure said: “FC Barcelona have also agreed a loan deal for Suárez with Arsenal for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The Premier League club will pay the player’s salary during this time and the agreement includes an option to buy.”

Arsenal confirmed the singing on Deadline day with a tweet saying "Finally, the notification you’ve all been waiting for Welcome to Arsenal, @DenisSuarez6 #HolaDenis

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