Barcelona star Luis Suarez vowed to return from the international break in “spectacular” condition as he looks for form.
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Suarez, 30, has been troubled by a knee injury this season and his performances – which have yielded just three goals in 14 games in all competitions – have been questioned and criticised.
But the forward will miss Uruguay’s November internationals, giving him a chance to recover and get back to his best for Liga leaders.
Suarez said the two-week break without matches would give him the opportunity to return to peak condition.
“Have a rest and finish recovering well, during these two weeks, I will come [back in] spectacular [condition],” he told SPORT.
“After the injury I had, I hurried a lot with the knee and in the long run it can hurt you. I had a lot of pressure on the physical level, just getting to the national team and until now I had not had a break.
“The best thing was to make an arrangement with the national team and Barca, as the club let me go with the national team just after the injury when I had not played yet.
“These friendlies [against Poland and Austria] are not a priority for the selection.”
Despite Suarez’s lack of goals, Ernesto Valverde’s men are unbeaten in the league and four points clear at the top.