Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has confirmed that Luis Suarez will start against Bolivia on Wednesday evening in their World Cup Qualifier.
Barcelona and Suarez’s national side have clashed over the availability of Luis Suarez, according to reports in Spanish press.
Spanish daily AS claim that conversations over the weekend between the La Liga club and the South American country have been heated due to knee problems suffered by the former Liverpool striker.
Regular observers of Barca will be fully aware of the fact that Suarez has not quite been himself at the start of this season after suffering a knee injury in the Spanish Super Cup in August.
The injury concern could see Suarez go under the knife in order to cure the issue with his right knee which has seen him struggle for form early on this campaign.
Currently away with Uruguay on international duty, Suarez is on a restricted training programme whilst away from Barcelona.
Surgery is expected in November, however, Uruguay have said that it is not needed and Tabarez has told press that despite the growing concerns from his domestic club – he will feature against Bolivia.
“If this (cyst) was big enough to require surgery, it would have happened already,” Tabarez told reporters.
“As far as we are concerned he is fit enough to play and in terms of his recovery he can always surprise you.
“Luis has been put through tests by us and has passed them, he would not give up as he’s so stubborn, but that is not a bad thing and we will never discount him.
“His form? There have been so many occasions when you consider substituting him and then all of a sudden he scores a vital goal.
“Ultimately he’s fit enough to play and form is temporary and he can always pull us out of a hole.”
Such surgery would see him miss three weeks of action, which would come as a huge blow to Ernesto Valverde who is already without Ousmane Dembele and is not keen on Paco Alcacer or the inconsistent Gerard Deulofeu.
With a top of the table clash with Atletico Madrid after the international break, Suarez may hope to feature there before facing a lay-off when he would likely be hoping to be back before mid-November, when Barcelona face tough ties against the likes of Valencia and Juventus.