Barcelona coach Quique Setien has said that they will be ‘very cautious’ when it comes to their Uruguay striker Luis Suarez who had undergone a knee surgery in January before the La Liga season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.
La Liga leaders Barcelona will host Leganes on Tuesday, but Setien has not yet decided whether Suarez is ready to return to the starting lineup after he came off the bench for a 30-minute cameo in the second half when the Spanish giants thrashed Real Mallorca over the weekend.
“We have to be very cautious, it’s normal to have muscular injuries after a long injury layoff,” Setien told reporters in a virtual news conference on Monday.
Suarez has managed to find the back of the net in the league 11 times this season.
“Griezmann has played almost every game. It’s true that there are more players now and the minutes will have to be shared… Griezmann will continue to play a leading role, he is an important player,” added Setien.
“Except in very specific cases due to their hierarchy, I don’t consider players to be starters or substitutes. I want everyone to participate… Any player can be on the pitch from the beginning.”
“The idea is to make changes and there will be changes as the games go by. We will see how fatigue affects the players.
“My job is to try and get them all to the end of the season in the best condition so that the performance is not affected by the minutes,” concluded the Barca coach.
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