Liverpool striker Luis Suarez won't participate in the club's preseason trip to Norway due to a foot injury, reports Tony Barrett of The Times. The Reds are scheduled to face Valerenga on Wednesday in one of their final tune-up matches.
Luis Suarez has been forced out of Liverpool's pre season trip to Norway because of a foot injury.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) August 6, 2013
Suarez, who's been at the center of a headline-grabbing transfer saga throughout the summer, made the issue known after training yesterday, according to Barrett. The timing will undoubtedly lead to skeptics questioning the legitimacy of the ailment.
To be fair to Suarez he reported the knock to Brendan Rodgers straight after open training yesterday.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) August 6, 2013
The 26-year-old Uruguayan international is coming off a terrific season for Liverpool. He finished second in Premier League goals with 23 and was clearly the driving force behind a Reds attack that wouldn't be the same without him.
Yet his future remains very much in question with the new campaign now less than two weeks away. Sami Mokbel and Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail reported he might even consider legal action if a move isn't agreed to.
Luis Suarez is prepared to take legal action against Liverpool in a bid to force through his protracted move to Arsenal, as the controversial striker was snapped leaving training at the club's Melwood complex on Tuesday.
The Uruguay forward believes the Anfield club are reneging on a clause in his contract he thinks entitles him to leave should a Champions League side make a formal offer of over £40million—a step the Gunners have already taken.
Given the surrounding circumstances, it's impossible to know if Suarez is actually dealing with a worrisome foot injury. As the new season approaches, any type of injury could bring his availability for the opener into question.
The situation won't be clear until the club provides further information about his status. The Reds are scheduled to take on Celtic in a friendly on Saturday before starting the EPL season with a clash against Stoke City on Aug. 17.
It gives Suarez 11 days to prepare for the first match. Assuming the foot problem is legitimate and minor, it shouldn't be a major concern moving forward.
That said, it's impossible to predict what will happen tomorrow in the Suarez saga, let alone two weeks from now. The Reds have stood firm in their stance of wanting to keep him at Anfield and everything else has taken on a life of its own.
The injury situation won't be any different.