Luis Suarez forgot his passport, nearly missed Barcelona’s flight to London

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Arsenal may or may not stand a chance against Barcelona in the two sides’ UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie, which kicks off Tuesday (2:45 p.m. ET, with live and post-game coverage on PST).

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No matter which side of that line you fall on, we’re all in agreement Arsenal would have a better shot at knocking off the reigning European champions if they were without Luis Suarez, scorer of 41 goals in 37 games this season, right?

Unfortunately for the Gunners, Suarez is fit as a fiddle and in the form of his life. Their open hope of avoiding the wrath of Suarez at this point would be for the Uruguayan to simply fail to turn up in London for Tuesday’s first leg.

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And it almost happened! Suarez forgot his passport at his house in Spain, only to realize it once he and the rest of Barcelona’s traveling party were at the airport preparing for departure.

Fortunately for Suarez, a club the size of Barcelona employs countless gofers who can be sent anywhere and everywhere to take care of the most menial tasks for their famous and forgetful superstars.

Ah, the life of a professional athlete. So, so tough.