Luis Suárez celebrating a goal against Inter Milan. / GETTY IMAGES
Luis Suárez celebrating a goal against Inter Milan. / GETTY IMAGES

Luis Suárez has been out since January, and is nearing his return to action. Barça’s assistant manager, Eder Sarabia, calls him their lockdown signing.

Barcelona have been lacking some squad depth in the second part of the season, with the injuries of Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé being significant blows to the Blaugranas’ campaign.

Ousmane Dembélé’s signing ultimately was deemed as one that would sideline him for over five months, and, as an emergency signing, the Catalans signed an ambitious Martin Braithwaite from Leganés.

While Dembélé still has some time to go before his expected return comes around, Luis Suárez was deemed out for four months. The player’s time on the sidelines was set in May, with the Uruguayan striker having gotten injured in the beginning of January.

And according to Barça’s assistant manager, Eder Sarabia, that will be the case, as the clubs in Spain look towards returning to training.

“His recovery is going really well, and he [Luis Suárez] will join up with the rest of the squad within the established time frame,” Eder Sarabia explained in a video conference call with the club’s official channel, where Quique Setién, amongst others, was present.

“He is a great signing from the lockdown window,” Sarabia added.

Eder Sarabia joined Barcelona’s technical staff as part of Quique Setién’s appointment, when the Cantabrian was appointed head coach mid-season, taking over from Ernesto Valverde.