Suarez granted rest by Uruguay

Uruguay has left Luis Suarez out of its squad to face Poland and Austria to enable him to undergo treatment on a knee problem.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez sustained a knee injury in the second leg of Barcelona's Supercopa de Espana defeat to Real Madrid in August.   -  Getty Images

Luis Suarez has been left out of the Uruguay squad for friendlies against Poland and Austria in November to help his rehabilitation from a knee injury.

The striker was expected to miss over a month when he sustained the problem in the second leg of Barcelona's Supercopa de Espana defeat to Real Madrid in August but was cleared to play for Uruguay just a fortnight later.

A draw against Argentina and a victory over Paraguay in that round of fixtures proved important to Oscar Tabarez's side qualifying for next year's World Cup, but it will be without Suarez as it continues its preparations next month.

"The AUF informs that the medical department of Barcelona proposes, in order to continue with the good evolution and rehabilitation of the right knee of Luis Suarez, the undertaking of medical and physiological treatment for a week from November 11," an official statement read.

"For this reason, the player will not participate in the friendly games planned for November 10 and 14 against Poland and Austria."

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde denied Suarez was struggling with an injury during a media conference on Wednesday and backed the 30-year-old to rediscover his best form soon.

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