The Uruguayan saw the 5th yellow card against Madrid and won't be able to face Real Sociedad
FC Barcelona will travel to Anoeta with the duty to get 3 points to keep advantage in front of La Liga. Luis Enrique's team have lost 5 points in the last 2 matches after defeat against Madrid and draw vs Villarreal.
The team will have an important absence: Luis Suárez, top scorer of the team with 45 goals in 45 matches and the player with more minutes in La Liga. The 5th yellow card seen last Saturday will prevent him play in Anoeta, so he will miss the 3rd match this season in La Liga.
Luis Enrique will have to find a substitute. These are the main options:
1. Munir, the natural alternative
The last time Suárez was substitute in La Liga, against Getafe, the partner of Neymar and Messi was Munir. He is the natural substitute and the man who is assuming the famous role of 4th striker. This 2016, he is accomplishing expectations and is using every minute. He has scored 6 goals in the last 6 matches. If he plays, we'll see in which position, since Luis Enrique likes him to play on the side and he is not a pure 9 as Sandro is, who is still injured.
2. Arda, the chance to show his level
After 3 months playing in the first team, Arda Turan has not showed he can be an important player yet. The Turk has not assumed the role of center midfield and he is suffering a lot in defense. However, one of the best matches he has played was against Atletic Club as right winger. Arda felt comfortable and free to offer all is individual technique with an attacking position and without so many obligations. Luis Enrique might study to give him a chance.
3. Aleix Vidal, the fastest winger
If Luis Enrique wants a wider team, Aleix Vidal is one of the players who can give more depth on the side. He tested it against Espanyol and it wasn't bad. However, without the presence of a pure 9, maybe the plays on the side wouldn't have a striker to shoot. Furthermore, over the last weeks he has not participated much and he even was excluded of squad list to face Real Madrid.
4. Association of Sergi Roberto
The most versatile player has played 3 matches in offensive positions this season. In the 0-4 at Bernabéu he was the right winger and did a great match there. He pressed a lot and had a good association with the three midfielders. However, he has not played there for a long time, so we'll see if Luis Enrique surprises us again.
5. The test of Rafinha
Before the injury, Rafinha was the 12th footballer and he played some matches in the forward position. This Friday in press conference, Luis Enrique highlighted the versatility of the Brazilian and he could play as false 9 or in one of the wings. He lacks minutes of competition but against Atlético he played the first ones and it can't be ruled out he can be seen in Anoeta's field brining his technique, association and collective work.
-Neymar and Messi's step forward-
Apart from their partner in Anoeta, the Brazilian and Argentine will have to rise their scoring abilities without the presence of Suárez. After the break for the national teams, Messi has been a little discreet against Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. The Argentine hasn't scored and lacked freshness after trips in South-America. Meanwhile, Neymar's offensive records lowered and has only scored 6 goals in the lat 14 matches. Anoeta's revenge is the best scenario to redeem themselves and have an important win for the achievement of La Liga's title.