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CAS could reduce Suarez ban, in line to make Barca debut in El Clasico if not

Barcelona are hoping to have the Uruguayan striker’s suspension shortened but he will be eligible to face Real Madrid on 26 October regardless of next month’s decision.

Suarez moments after the infamous biting incident.
Suarez moments after the infamous biting incident.
Image: Hassan Ammar

LUIS SUAREZ COULD make his Barcelona debut in a mouth-watering El Clasico clash with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in October.

Controversial Uruguay striker Suarez joined the Catalan giants in a big-money move from Liverpool earlier this month, but is currently serving a four-month ban from all football-related activity after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

It has not yet been confirmed when the former Ajax man will be free to return, as Barca have lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which could result in his suspension being reduced.

If the appeal is unsuccessful, Suarez could make his Barca bow against arch-rivals Real, with the first Clasico of the season provisionally scheduled to take place on October 26.

The return fixture will be held on the weekend of March 21/22 at Camp Nou.

Luis Enrique will be optimistic of getting off to a winning start in his first La Liga game in charge of Barca when Elche visit Camp Nou on the weekend of August 23/24.

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