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"He will be out for 10-15 days and will now undertake his recovery with the FC Barcelona medical team, having been withdrawn from the Uruguayan national team squad."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


Barcelona's Suarez to miss tie against Tottenham

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Luis Suarez will miss Barcelona's final Champions League group game against Tottenham.

The Spanish champions are already through to the knockout stages as Group B winners so will not risk Suarez, who has been struggling with a knee injury.

The Uruguayan played 79 minutes in the Catalan derby against Espanyol at the weekend and scored in a 4-0 win.

Boss Ernesto Valverde will make changes but has promised to take the game seriously.

Evra exclusive: I'm still waiting for Suarez apology over race row

Then-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (left) and Man Utd full-back Patrice Evra face off in 2012. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In an exclusive interview with ITV Sport, Juventus defender Patrice Evra promised he would shake Luis Suarez’s hand before Saturday’s Champions League final in Berlin, despite revealing the Barcelona striker has yet to apologise for the racist abuse towards him that earned the Uruguayan an eight-match suspension in 2011.

Speaking to ITV Football's chief reporter Gabriel Clarke, Evra admitted that he has no problem with Suarez despite the lack of an explicit apology.

"I don’t want his apologies," Evra told us. "It doesn’t matter, it’s no problem for me. But when we are going to play the game, I will shake his hand. He will never be my best friend, but this is not a problem.

"The past is the past. I am really proud of my colour and I will shake his hand like I did with Manchester when we play against Liverpool. My game is against Barcelona, it is not against Luis Suárez, but I will make sure he will feel me on the pitch."

To read more, visit ITV's Champions League website


Evra warns former Liverpool striker Suarez about final

Patrice Evra has warned Luis Suarez he will make sure the Uruguayan "feels his presence" when the pair go head to head in the Champions League final.

Evra and Suarez will meet again in the Champions League final. Credit: PA

But the defender said he would shake the Barcelona striker's hand before the match.

Former Manchester United man Evra's Juventus side booked a meeting with Barca in Berlin next month by knocking out Real Madrid with a 3-2 aggregate win on Wednesday night.

The pair controversially clashed when Premier League opponents, then-Liverpool forward Suarez snubbing Evra during the pre-match handshakes at Old Trafford in 2012 as they met for the first time since Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing the Frenchman.

On the prospect of going up against Suarez again, Evra told reporters:

A lot of people ask me this question. It doesn't matter. The most important thing is I play the final, you know.

I am proud to be what I am, I am proud about my colour and I will shake his hand, it is no problem, but I will make sure he feels my presence on the pitch.

– Juventus defender Patrice Evra

Video: Former Liverpool man 'nibbles' on defender

Did Luis Suarez have a little nibble on Man City defender Martín Demichelis' hand during last night's Champions League encounter?

Watch the former Liverpool man, now playing for Barcelona, run alongside Demichelis on the edge of the area in the video above, where he appears to move his mouth in the direction of the Argentine's hand.

The Urguguayan was handed a four month ban from football after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during last summer's World Cup, and has been also caught up in biting controversies during his time at Liverpool and Ajax.

Watch a zoomed in version of last night's incident below.

Former Liverpool man Suarez knows Man City weakness

Luis Suarez will aim to exploit what he considers a vulnerable Man City defence when he returns to England for the first time as a Barcelona player.

Suarez is eager to impress against Man City. Credit: Reuters

The former Liverpool striker, who moved on to the Nou Camp last summer, has not scored so freely in Spanish football as he did in the Premier League.

But he is relishing a crack on Tuesday night at unlocking Champions League rivals City's backline, picking it out as the soft spot in Manuel Pellegrini's team.

He said ahead of the Etihad Stadium last-16 tussle that City have quality "in midfield and up front, but they also have weakness at the back".

I think when you play against the big teams you never know what they're doing on the pitch.

They have really good players and really good quality with the ball but we are Barcelona and we know what we can do against City.

– Barcelona forward Luis Suarez

Watch Man City v Barcelona live on ITV on Tuesday from 7.30pm

Suarez sees therapist over biting problem

Luis Suarez admits he has sought professional help in the hope he can cure his impulse to bite.

During the World Cup Giorgio Chiellini was his third on-pitch biting victim, seeing the Uruguayan banned four months.

Luis Suarez, right, nibbled Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder. Credit: PA

The Barcelona striker, who is sent to make his club debut on Saturday against Real Madrid, told the Guardian: "I think all the bad things I have been through are in the past. I believe I am on the right path now, dealing with the people who can help me, the right kind of people."

“Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out in that way. There are other players who react by breaking someone’s leg, or smashing someone’s nose across their face. What happened with Chiellini is seen as worse. I understand why biting is seen so badly.”

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