Luis Suárez Admits He Is 'Really Happy' With Injury Progress Ahead of La Liga Return

Luis Suarez
FC Barcelona's Luis Suárez. | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Luis Suárez has said he is happy with his recovery from injury, with football on the verge of returning again in Spain.

The 33-year-old has been out since the start of the year, following knee surgery in January. However, he has given an update on his recovery from injury, describing the current situation for him and his Barcelona teammates.

Suárez celebrating his goal in the Derbi Barceloní against RCD Espanyol.
Suárez celebrating his goal in the Derbi Barceloní against RCD Espanyol. | Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images

Speaking to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Suárez said: "It's been a very rare situation but we're taking it on well with Juanjo [Brau, Barcelona fitness coach] and working from home via mobile, with the exercises he sends me and on video call. I'm really happy.

“At first I did some days with Juanjo and then bit by bit I got back into the group. Now I have been working for a few days with the group.”

Suárez has missed 11 games with his knee injury, last playing in Barcelona’s 3-2 Supercopa de España defeat to Atlético Madrid on 9 January. It came at a frustrating time for the Uruguayan, who was in incredible form with five goals and seven assists in seven league games.

Suárez down injured in his last appearance, against Atletico Madrid.
Suárez down injured in his last appearance, against Atletico Madrid. | Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

He added: “In part the coronavirus helped me gain time in my recovery, I will be able to play in games in which I wasn't able to play, I'm very happy for that but there's the negative side too with the situation that many people are living in today.”

La Liga was one of many leagues around the world brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Spain particularly hit hard by the outbreak. The country has seen over 27,000 deaths due to Covid-19, the fifth highest death toll in the world.

The Spanish government suspended La Liga and the Segunda División on 12 March, extending the suspension indefinitely two weeks later. However, the Spanish top flight will return on 11 June, with El Gran Derbi between Sevilla and Real Betis set to be the opening fixture.

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La Liga is ready to return on 11 June. | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Suárez added: “The ambitions are the same, win all we can, and I think that we're in good shape to do that, I see the team doing well and it's hopeful.”

Barcelona are currently top of La Liga with 11 games to play, sitting two points clear of Real Madrid. The Blaugrana are aiming for their 27th Spanish league title, though the title race is far from over.

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