Suarez to make Barca debut vs. Leon
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confirmed striker Luis Suarez will make his debut in Monday night's friendly against Mexican side Leon.
The Uruguay forward, who moved to the Catalan club in a 75 million pound July transfer, had been forced to train away from his new teammates due to the four-month ban incurred for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
However, he now has two group sessions under his belt after the Court of Arbitration for Sport relaxed the "excessive" elements of the suspension, and Luis Enrique plans to hand the 27-year-old some game time on Monday.
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"The impression is that he is a player of a very high standard," the Barca coach was quoted as saying at a press conference on Sunday. "I know how we play and he fits how we play. I would like to give him some minutes (on Monday). He did a great job when he trained alone."
Suarez failed in his appeal to have the entire suspension -- covering "all football-related activity" -- removed, but was permitted to train and play in friendlies for club and country after the CAS ruled the punishment was overly harsh.
However, he will have to wait until the weekend of October 25 to make his competitive debut -- the weekend of the first Clasico of the 2014-15 Primera Division -- campaign against arch rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
LUIS SUAREZ 2013-14 SEASON IN NUMBERS
• 31 - Premier League goals, winning the Golden Boot.
• 12 - Most assists in the Premier League.
• 24 - Scored the most goals from inside the box.
• 4 - Scored the most goals from counterattacks.
• 9 - Had the most shots that hit the woodwork.
• 3 - Most penalties won in the Premier League.
• 237 - Attempted more dribbles than any other player.
Suarez will be presented in front of Barca fans at the Nou Camp before Monday's match, which could see him form a formidable front line alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Brazil forward Neymar has been given medical clearance to play after breaking a vertebra during the World Cup last month.
Barca begin their league season at home to Elche next Sunday.