Liverpool's Luis Suárez misses Valerenga friendly with foot injury

Luis Suárez will miss Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Valerenga after suffering a slight foot injury during Steven Gerrard's testimonial game last Saturday.

The Uruguay international did not travel with Brendan Rodgers's squad when they flew to Oslo on Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday's game and will have a scan on his foot. Suárez trained away from the squad during an open session at Anfield on Monday and, given he is suspended for the first six matches of next season, Liverpool see no reason to jeopardise his fitness.

Suárez, who appeared as a 61st minute substitute against Olympiakos, could also miss Liverpool's final friendly of the summer, against Celtic in Dublin on Saturday, when Rodgers will look to finalise his plans for the Premier League opener with Stoke City.

The 26-year-old remains in dispute with Liverpool over their refusal to sanction a £40,000,001 transfer to Arsenal but has not asked the Premier League to arbitrate on a clause in his contract. Liverpool maintain they are under no obligation to sell their leading striker as a result of Arsenal offering more than £40m.

Liverpool, meanwhile, face a challenge to lure Diego Costa to Anfield after Atletico Madrid claimed they had no intention of selling the Brazil international.

The Anfield club last week bid £21.8m for the striker, who they believe is open to a move to Merseyside despite his increased importance to Atletico following the sale of Radamal Falcao. But the Spanish club's sporting director, Jose Luis Caminero, insisted the 24-year-old is not for sale following his return of 20 goals in all competitions last season.

"Diego Costa is a very important player for Atletico," said Caminero. "We value him very highly and we are convinced that this year he is going to score a lot of goals with Atletico. He is an idol for the fans." Pressed on whether Costa would stay at the club, the sporting director added: "Yes, he's going to continue."

Caminero's comments followed a declaration from Costa that he is content at Atletico, who he helped to win the Copa del Rey and qualify for the Champions League last season. Speaking on his return from Atletico's pre-season tour of South America, Costa said: "As I've been in Argentina and Uruguay I've not heard anything about this. I'm happy here, if the club want me to be here, I'm going to be here. I think that the coach [Diego Simeone] counts on all of us, not just me. He knows how important it is to maintain the squad. The fans know it as well."

Powered by article was written by Andy Hunter, for on Tuesday 6th August 2013 16.49 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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