Luis Suárez could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season following the release of this season’s La Liga fixtures which see Real host Barca the day after his ban for biting ends.
Suarez, who was banned for four months from all football-related activity after biting Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, is eligible to make his debut for the Catalan giants on Oct 26, the day of the biggest match in the domestic football calendar.
There is, however, a chance that the fixtures could change, should the TV schedule dictate.
If he misses out on the opening Clasico, Suarez, who signed for Barcelona from Liverpool in a £75 million, five-year deal, will most certainly play in the second on March 22, forming a formidable partnership alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Meanwhile, Luis Suarez could have his four-month ban for biting reduced, allowing the Barcelona striker to play in the club’s first La Liga game of the 2014-15 season. After having an initial appeal against the punishment rejected by football’s world governing body, Suarez ultimately completed an €88 million move to Barcelona – though the Catalan giants were unable to formally present their new acquisition because of the ban.
Barcelona decided to take an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the player’s lawyer described the punishment as “draconian, totalitarian and fascist”. “Now that the case has arrived at CAS, it is very likely that we will reduce the penalty,” the source confirmed. “The ban would only apply to the Uruguay national team and not to Barcelona.”