Pique illness leaves Barca short-staffed in defence against Las Palmas

The suspension couldn't have come at a worse time for the Uruguayan, with Barcelona apparently interested in luring him from Anfield to the Camp Nou, that Summer.

"What we have to do now is win against Eibar so that Real Madrid have to do the same against Celta and against Malaga on the final day", Suarez told reporters after the match.

Barcelona are heading into tonight's trip to Las Palmas with a number of absentees in defence which will have manager Luis Enrique scratching his head over how to configure a back line.

"Those are two hard stadiums to play in".

"In the second half of the season they have suffered a little bit away from home but at home they are a very tough side".

Neymar scored his fourth Barcelona hat-trick and Luis Suarez his 36th goal of the season as plucky Las Palmas were eventually blown away.

Barca B defender Marlon Santos has also been included in the squad for Sunday's game, and Luis Enrique said the young Brazilian is an option to replace Pique.

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"It depends on what they do on Wednesday and Sunday. Over the course of history we've seen some unusual results in the last few games, and anything can happen".

The more immediate concern is who plays at right-back against Las Palmas?

Barcelona have not lost in the top-flight against Las Palmas since February 1986.

Las Palmas will enter the final round of fixtures next weekend in 14th place, nine points above the relegation zone.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are tied on points atop the standings, with Barcelona ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

"I am leaving with no bitterness, and I am very grateful for what this team and this club have given me".

In his pre-match press conference, he said: "We will use the system which will give us the biggest advantage, we do not lineup according to the setup of the opponent".

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