Luis Suarez will miss the first four weeks of the season after injuring his knee in the Spanish Super Cup, Barcelona announced Thursday.

Barcelona were dealt a double injury blow as they fell to a 2-0 (5-1 aggregate) defeat on Wednesday against rivals Real Madrid, with Gerard Pique suffering a groin strain and in danger of missing the Sunday season opener against Real Betis.

“The Barca number 9 is set to miss the league games against Betis, Alaves, Espanyol and possibly the trip to Getafe also,” said Barcelona in a statement.

“Tests carried out on Gerard Pique confirm that the defender has a groin strain in his left leg and his recovery will decide his availability for the game against Betis.”

Suarez will also miss Uruguay’s World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Paraguay in September.

Source: GNA/dpa/Newsghana.com.gh