Real Madrid and Lionel Messi have been left stunned by Luis Suarez’s determination to play through the pain for Barcelona, according to reports.
Barcelona have made an incredible start to the season, winning all seven La Liga games so far and have successfully managed to brush off the melancholic mood after Neymar’s world-record move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
However, a dip in Suarez’s form in the initial stages of the season is now a concern for the Barcelona bosses, with the Uruguayan striker managing to score just two goals from eight appearances in all competitions.
Suarez picked a knee injury during their Spanish Super Cup defeat to arch-rivals Real Madrid back in August, and has failed to recreate his form from the last season.
It is understood that the former Liverpool player is struggling with his knee problem and now Spanish website Don Balon claimed that both Messi and Real Madrid have been left stunned by Suarez’s decision to delay surgery.
Barca sit top of the league table, seven points ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid, but the Catalan club was dealt a huge blow when club-record signing Osumane Dembele picked a serious injury.
The French winger joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering £96million transfer fee following Neymar’s world-record switch to PSG.
But only in his third game, the Frenchman picked up a hamstring injury, that could keep him out of action for up to four months.
And according to Don Balon, Suarez has delayed surgery on his knee problem only due to Dembele’s injury.
The report also states that Suarez asked Barcelona players to be patient, with his fellow team-mates well aware that he is giving his best despite not being 100 per cent at training.
Messi shares a good bond with Suarez and the Argentine has been left stunned by Suarez’s determination to give his 100 per cent despite struggling with a knee problem.
And now bitter rivals Real Madrid are also aware of the news and are shocked at his commitment to the club’s cause.
Suarez is eyeing to have the surgery in November, during the next international break, and remains hopeful of returning back to action when club football resumes.