Luis Suarez has defended himself from criticism for undergoing knee surgery that prevented him from playing for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
The Uruguayan released a statement Sunday saying he had no option despite the timing of the final, which Barcelona lost 2-1 to Valencia on Saturday.
Suarez said he had to undergo surgery “against my will” after rupturing his meniscus against Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals.
He said the surgery earlier this month had nothing to do with a cartilage issue that he had been nursing since the beginning of the season.
Barcelona won the Spanish league but finished the season on a low after being eliminated by Liverpool in the Champions League and losing the Copa final to Valencia.
Suarez scored 25 goals in 49 matches this season, second only to Lionel Messi on the scoring charts for Barcelona.
Valencia knock Barcelona off Copa del Rey throneValencia beat Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, ending the Spanish champions’ four-year winning streak in the competition and ... Sports
Suarez hat trick as Barcelona thrashes Real Madrid 5-1Luis Suarez scored a hat trick to lead Barcelona to a 5-1 rout of Real Madrid on Sunday, giving the defending champions the Spanish league lead and ... Sports