Suárez left idolatry in Guild after a very good season in Brazil to return to play with Messibut two months later he still suffers from a knee problem and did not take off at Inter Miami.
The decision to bring forward the end of his stay in Brazil was taken in the middle of last year. In December, after the end of the competitions, the Uruguayan fulfilled his plan. Grêmio’s departure left behind the love of the fans, won with a season of excellent numbers. There were 29 goals and 17 assists in 54 matches for Tricolor.
The objective of reviving the partnership with Messi has never been a secret. In his announcement by Inter Miami, the quote was “nothing better than playing with friends”, highlighting Suárez’s relationship with the Argentine star, Jordi Alba and Busquets, also former Barcelona teammates who are on the US team.
But a problem faced in Rio Grande do Sul was in the ‘Pistolero’ baggage: osteoarthritis in his right knee. The problem tormented the Uruguayan in Porto Alegre. Due to the pain, he suffered during recovery and experiences the same situation at Inter Miami. Coach Tata Martino has had to spare the player from greater efforts due to his condition.
Attendance at the team’s preseason games is low. Suárez was on the field for 330 minutes, divided into five games, that is, an average of 66 minutes per match. Together with Messi, there were only four games, a total of 200 minutes.
The Uruguayan was on the field in friendlies against the El Salvador team, FC Dallas, Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr and Vissel Kobe, and was left out of the meeting with the Hong Kong team. So far he has scored one goal. There were three defeats and two draws with him on the field.
Inter Miami will play another friendly match next Thursday, this time against Newell’s Old Boys, from Argentina. Messi is a declared fan of the Rosario team.