Barcelona have confirmed a medical test undergone by Luis Suarez on Monday morning (23 May) resulted in a hamstring injury to his right leg during the Copa del Rey final, 2-0 victory over Sevilla on Sunday night.
The club failed to set an exact deadline day on his return to action, throwing the Uruguay international's role in Copa America into doubt.
With Barcelona playing with 10-men – due to the first-half dismissal of Javier Mascherano – and the score still at 0-0, the former Liverpool hero tried to continue with the game at Vicente Calderon Stadium. The striker was forced to limp off in the 55th minute, being replaced by Rafinha Alcantara seconds later after suffering injury while trying to control the ball.
Barcelona managed to overcome both blows to regain the Copa del Rey crown in extra-time thanks to the goals by Jordi Alba and Neymar.
Luis Enrique confirmed in the press conference that Suarez will need to undergo a scan on Monday to address the injury.
Initial Spanish reports claimed that Barcelona doctors suggested the striker could be out of action for up to one month, meaning that Uruguayan star was a major doubt for the Copa America to be played at United States between 4 and 27 June.
Barcelona have refused to confirm the exact timeline for his return but claimed the ex-Liverpool star is expected to begin recovery in Spain before joining his national team on 1 June. It remains to be seen if Suarez will be available for selection for his country's team in the group stages against Mexico (5 June), Venezuela (9 June) and Jamaica on 13 June.
"Tests on Monday morning have confirmed that FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has suffered an injury to the semimembranosus muscle in his right leg," Barcelona confirmed.
"Following the recommendations of the Club's medical services team, the 2015/16 Golden Shoe winner will begin his rehabilitation in Barcelona. On 1 June, Suarez will join the Uruguay national team in the United States, where he'll continue with the second phase of his recovery."
The Barcelona top scorer missed the last Copa America due to his long-term ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.