Denis Suarez has ruled himself out for the rest of the season after confirming the groin injury he’s been nursing requires him to stop training altogether.
In a statement on social media, the Spaniard wrote:
I want you all to know that I will not be able to play again this season. Some issues with my groin have made things tough since the game against BATE Boris [sic] in the Europa League in February and now they have forced me to stop training altogether. After various medical consultations, the conclusion has been reached that I cannot keep on pushing it and I have started a period of treatment that cannot be done alongside competitive football.
I am sorry that all of the effort and sacrifice made to come to Arsenal hasn’t come to fruition as hoped and you can’t even imagine how angry I am about it, but health comes first. I want to give my thanks to such a big club for trusting in me although things haven’t gone as we pictured they would.
I am stepping aside but I am grateful for the messages of care and support that you all have to me every day. This will be where I take my strength from in order to return stronger than ever and even more determined.
— Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez6) April 29, 2019
Obviously, it’s a huge frustration for both the player and Unai Emery, who pushed so hard to get him to the Emirates in January. Nice that he ended his letter with ‘hugs’ though – everybody loves a hug.
Suarez made just six appearances as a substitute for the Gunners – four in the Premier League and two in the Europa League. Given the circumstances, it seems very unlikely that we’ll be turning his loan deal into a permanent transfer this summer. Presumably, he’ll continue his rehabilitation in Barcelona.
Get well soon Denis. We never really knew you.