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Luis Suarez explains why he underwent knee surgery before Copa del Rey final

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The striker has responded to criticism

Liverpool v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has taken to Twitter to explain why he underwent knee surgery before the Copa del Rey final.

The operation ruled him out of Saturday’s defeat to Valencia, and the timing has been questioned given he is expected to be fit in time for the Copa America in Brazil this summer.

However, Suarez has responded by saying he suffered a meniscus tear during the Champions League defeat to Liverpool that left him with no other option but to go under the knife.

Here’s the full letter: