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Luis Suarez injury means he could miss the first UCL tie against Manchester United

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There seems to be no stopping Barcelona at the moment.

The Catalan giants extended their lead atop La Liga following this weekend's results in the Spanish top flight. Ernesto Valverde's men cruised to a 4-1 away win over Real Betis, a game that featured a stellar hat-trick performance from Lionel Messi.

Meanwhile, a 2-0 loss away to Athletic Bilbao meant that Atletico Madrid had now widened the gap between them and Barca to ten points with just ten games left to play.

While this weekend's fixtures gave Barca's title challenge a massive boost, it did come at a price.

Luis Suarez's impressive solo effort in the second half extended Barcelona's lead to 3-1. However, in the dying moments of the game, Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez left the field injured.

The club confirmed via Twitter that Suarez suffered a sprained ankle in the 90th minute, and will undergo tests on Monday to determine to extent of the damage.

This means, however, that the 32-year-old could miss the side's Champions League clash with Manchester United at the start of April.

Barca will already be without Ousmane Dembele for both legs after the Frenchman tore his hamstring against Lyon. And Valverde's star striker could also be absent if he's not able to recover in time.

United, themselves, go into the tie riding the high of their dramatic comeback at PSG in the previous stage of the tournament. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have suffered back-to-back losses in the two games that followed, resulting in the United boss facing the challenge of re-finding his side's momentum.

Following the Red Devils' FA Cup departure at the hands of Wolves on Saturday, Solskjaer said: "This was the poorest we've played.

"We started too slowly and played into their hands. This was a big step backwards, mainly because of the quality of the possession and the passing. 

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"We've had a great run and now we've had two defeats. Against Arsenal, we just couldn't score, and this was poor."

United will certainly need to be firing on all cylinders if they're to keep pace with Barcelona, even without Luis Suarez.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Ernesto Valverde
Ousmane Dembele
La Liga
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
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