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Luis Suarez defends himself after missing Copa del Rey final

/ 08:41 PM May 27, 2019
Luis Suarez

Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez attends a training session at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on on May 6, 2019, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match against Liverpool. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP)

BARCELONA, Spain — 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.

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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.

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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.

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