We all knew it was coming, and now we know how long Luis Suarez will be out of action for, it is time to discuss the impact his absence will have.
Banned four months from all soccer-related activity, Suarez is out of the World Cup. He will not be able to train, play or even attend a game inside a soccer stadium across the planet.
One of the greatest soccer players in the world has been exiled.
While Suarez sits there twiddling his thumbs between now and October, two teams will badly miss the supreme, yet flawed, talent. His national team Uruguay, and his club team Liverpool.
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Without Suarez in their side, Uruguay will struggle to make it out of the Round of 16 at the World Cup. They face Colombia on Saturday in Rio de Janiero and many would expect a Suarez-less Uruguay to get knocked around by a talented Colombian outfit. Even if they make it through that, they will face hosts Brazil or fellow South Americans Chile in the quarterfinals. With a misfiring Edinson Cavani up top as Uruguay’s only other attacking option, Suarez has let his country down when they needed him most. Without him they wouldn’t have beaten England, as Suarez’s two goals secured the crucial victory and his tenacious display either side of his inexcusable bite, wore down Italy’s defense. He is the ‘X’ factor that a defense-minded Uruguay need to unlock other teams. Now, he’s gone.
As for Liverpool, Suarez will not be around for the first three months of the Premier League season and will not play until the first week of November. Below is a list of the 13 games Suarez could miss for Liverpool.
Just like last season when his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic carried over to the first few months of the 2013-14 campaign, Liverpool will be without their star man. They coped pretty well without Suarez to begin the last season. Can they do it again?
They do have Daniel Sturridge to rely on up top, as the English striker scored 21 PL goals last season and was the second-highest scored in the league behind, you guessed it, Suarez. They also have acquired Rickie Lambert over the offseason to bolster their attack. Liverpool should get by just fine in the PL during Suarez’s absence, but they will miss his supreme talents in the UEFA Champions League against Europe’s elite. It remains to be seen whether or not they sell Suarez or sue him for breach of contract, as this story is far from over.
Suarez’s absence will hurt Liverpool and Uruguay, as his latest act of lunacy will impact club and country. Big time.
GAMES SUAREZ WILL MISS
16 August 2014: Southampton (H)
23 August 2014: Manchester City (A)
30 August 2014: Tottenham (A)
13 September 2014: Aston Villa (H)
16-17 September 2014: Champions League fixture
20 September 2014: West Ham (A)
23-24 September 2014: Capital One Cup third round
27 September 2014: Everton (H)
30 September – 1 October 2014: Champions League fixture
4 October 2014: West Bromwich Albion (H)
18 October 2014: QPR (A)
21-22 October 2014: Champions League fixture
25 October 2014: Hull (H)