Barcelona striker Luis Suarez thrilled to overcome mental block after knee injury and goal drought
Posted: 8 February 2018 Time: 20:00
Luis Suarez admits he had struggled psychologically after a lengthy knee injury but says he now feels "spectacular" after returning to fitness and form.
The Barcelona striker suffered the injury in August and rushed himself back in order to help Uruguay qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals.
However, his early return had a negative impact on his form at club level as he managed just three goals in 14 appearances, coming as a blow to the former Liverpool forward's state of mind.
However, Suarez has since returned to his deadly best with Barca after plundering 16 goals in his last 17 outings, although the striker insists his goal-drought was never the cause of his concern.
"It [knee injury] worried me a lot," Suarez told La Vangardia ahead of tonight's Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg against Valencia.
"Much more than the goals, because I've been on streaks where I haven't scored before. I feared the injury might affect me psychologically, too.
"My attitude wasn't the same, nor my intensity. ... I was in pain, even though I didn't say I was in pain. Taking that break was important for me. Since November, I've been spectacular. I was able to rest, recover and sort myself out psychologically."