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Aug 6, 2013

Luis Suarez ruled out of friendly

Luis Suarez has not been included in the Liverpool squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Valerenga as a result of a foot problem, the club has announced.

Brewin: Reds can exit Suarez shadow

Liverpool will also be without defenders Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson for the friendly in Norway.

Suarez took part in Monday’s open training session at Anfield and was warmly received by supporters, but the Reds said he picked up an injury during the session and will undergo a scan.

His future remains at the club remains uncertain, with sources close to the forward telling ESPN he is considering submitting a formal transfer request or even taking his club to court over a disputed clause in his contract.

Suarez has played in each of Liverpool’s last three pre-season games as a substitute, having missed the first two warm-up matches as he was given time off after playing for Uruguay at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June. He is now also a doubt for the club’s final pre-season match, against Celtic in Dublin on Saturday.

He will not be able to feature in the Premier League until September, though, as he has six games to serve on a ten-match domestic ban imposed after he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League fixture in April.

Club captain Steven Gerrard has called on the Uruguayan to stay put, but team-mate Joe Allen refused to be drawn on the matter on Tuesday.

The Wales midfielder told Press Association Sport: “You keep your nose out. We are all waiting to see what will happen.”

Regardless of whether Suarez does move on, Allen believes the Reds will be better equipped this season.

“With the quality that has been brought in to add to the quality we already have, you can see the attacking way we want to play and we are reaping the rewards of that,” he said. “This season we have had the chance to get players in early, which has been great to allow us to have a full pre-season working together.

“If we have any injuries or suspensions we have players who can step in and do the job just as well, so I think the signs are really positive in those regards.”

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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