BARCELONA’S Luis Suarez has been cleared by the Court for Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to make his debut against Real Madrid next month.
The Uruguayan striker will play his first competitive match for the Catalan club just one day after his four-month ban expires.
A statement published on Barcelona’s website read: “Cas has confirmed to FC Barcelona that the Uruguayan’s suspension will end at midnight on Friday October 24.
“Therefore, clearing him to appear in his first official fixture for his new club, against none other than Real Madrid, should (coach) Luis Enrique opt to play him.”
Suarez was bought from Liverpool by the club during the summer for the hefty sum of €90 million -although Barcelona maintain that it was for 10 million less – even though he was under the ban at the time.
The striker was given the four-month plus nine internationals ban after biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup in Brazil last summer. On appeal, Cas ruled that whilst the ban would be upheld, Suarez would be able to train and play in friendly matches with his club.
Although this will be his competitive debut for the club, it is not the first time that Suarez has worn a Barcelona shirt. In August Suarez came on as a substitute during a friendly against Mexican side Club Leon that Barcelona went on to win 6-0.
The match against Real Madrid on October 25 will be a fitting debut for the star, known as El Clasico, the matches played between the two Spanish giants are typically the most anticipated of La Liga’s calendar.