Kevin Prince Boateng has been handed a lifeline with Barcelona following an injury to Luis Suarez.
The Uruguay international has undergone knee surgery and will miss up to six weeks, the club have confirmed.
Suarez is set to miss the La Liga champions’ two remaining league fixtures against Getafe and Eibar, as well as the Copa del Rey final against Valencia on May 25.
According to reports in Spain, Ernesto Valverde will now give Boateng a chance to prove his worth in the starting XI.
There has been increased speculation the on-loan Sassuolo forward will move back to Italy at the end of the season after struggling for form with the Catalan giants.