Luis Suarez provides update on his recovery from his knee injury

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has said that he is making good progress following a surgery for a knee injury. The Uruguay international has been sidelined since the beginning of January with the injury setback and it has been previously indicated that he requires at least four months to fully recover from the concern.


However, speaking to the club’s official website, Suarez is hopeful of returning to action earlier than predicted such that he can contribute for the team during the final weeks of the season, he told: “It’s difficult to be in this situation, you have to be very strong psychologically, but from the beginning I was prepared. It was the best thing I could do as I was very tired.”
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Gundogan says Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer of all time

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said that Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer of all time, given his very special abilities on the playing field. The Argentine has been consistent with his performances for Barcelona for more than a decade and he recently starred against Celta Vigo by netting his 34th hat-trick in the Spanish La Liga.

In an interview covered by Goal.com, Gundogan was asked about the contenders for the Ballon d’Or and he was quite clear that Messi deserves the prestigious accolade, he told: “Lionel Messi [is the best player in the world]. In my opinion, he has very special abilities. He has talent and he always manages to show it on the pitch.

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Valverde pleased with Suarez and Messi playing together once again

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has revealed his pleasure with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi playing together after overcoming their respective injury concerns. The duo recently started the Champions League clash against Inter Milan at the Camp Nou and Suarez was the man of the match as he bagged both goals in the 2-1 comeback win.

Messi was hugely involved for the winning strike after dribbling his way past four Nerazzurri players before laying the assist for Suarez and the pair could now feature together in the upcoming league clash against Sevilla. Speaking in a press conference, Valverde confirmed that both players are available for the forthcoming clash against Sevilla and he will make the final decision on whether they will start the game.

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Griezmann reacts after guiding Barcelona to victory over Real Betis

France international Antoine Griezmann has spoken to the Spanish media in the aftermath of Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga. The reigning champions made the worst possible start to the season as they suffered a 1-0 away defeat at Athletic Bilbao and Griezmann had a forgettable debut with not a single attempt on target.

Against Betis, the Blaugrana suffered a minor scare with Nabil Fekir opening the scoring but Griezmann managed to level the proceedings with his maiden club goal. In the second period, the Catalan giants were thoroughly dominant as they added four more goals compared to Betis’ one and Griezmann was the standout performer with another goal and an assist.

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Neymar hails Lionel Messi as the best player in the world

Brazil international Neymar has hailed Lionel Messi as the best player in the world amid the recent speculation linking him with a return to Barcelona. The 27-year-old is currently with Paris Saint-Germain whom he joined from Barcelona two years ago but reports have indicated that he would favour a reunion with Messi at the Camp Nou this summer.

Speaking to reporters, Neymar said that Messi remains the best player in the world on his point of view and the duo share a fond relationship off the playing field, he told: “For me, he’s the best player in the world. The best player that I’ve ever seen play. We made a magnificent duo. It was a pleasure for me, an honour to play with him. And, on top of that, he is my friend.”

Neymar has been fancied to make the switch to the Blaugrana this summer but so far, the club have refused suggestions that they are looking to land his signature. Nonetheless, talks are understood to be going on behind the scenes and reports suggest that the Spanish champions would prefer an exchange of players for the attacker rather than matching the world-record £200m fee which Les Parisiens paid to sign him two years ago.

Elsewhere, the Blaugrana have further strengthened their ranks with the purchase of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid. The Frenchman had been touted to join the club for the past few seasons and he has eventually landed at the Camp Nou this summer after the Catalans decided to trigger the £108m release clause on his Atletico contract.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have dominated the proceedings in the Spanish league with back-to-back titles and the club could give more priority to the Champions League this term where they have come short over the past four seasons. The club have not reached the final since winning the competition against Juventus during the 2014/15 season.