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Suarez makes debut in friendly win

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Luis Suarez is allowed to played. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez came off the bench to make his first appearance for Barcelona in a 6-0 thrashing of Leon in Monday night's friendly match at the Nou Camp.

Thirty one days after he signed for the club, Suarez ran out on the pitch to great applause as he was finally unveiled as a Barcelona player in the pre-match build-up.

The 27-year-old, who was cleared to make his debut in the friendly by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, despite currently serving a four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, was named on the bench.

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Suarez to make Barcelona debut on Monday

Luis Enrique has revealed that Luis Suarez is likely to make his Barcelona debut in a friendly against Mexican champions Club Leon on Monday.

The Uruguayan's four month biting ban was upheld last week, but he can now train with the Catalan club and play in friendly matches.

He has been working hard when training alone.

So I think he can have a few minutes tomorrow in front of the fans.

– Barcelona manager Luis Enrique

Suarez takes part in Barca training

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Luis Suarez trained for the first time with Barcelona. Credit: PA

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday morning after the Court of Arbitration for Sport relaxed the "excessive" elements of his four-month ban.

The 27-year-old failed in his appeal to have the entire suspension removed but he will now be able to train and play in friendlies for club and country after CAS ruled the punishment was overly harsh.

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Suarez was having fun with Andres Iniesta. Credit: PA

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Luis Suarez awaits biting ban verdict

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Luis Suarez. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez will learn today whether his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup has been reduced.

Suarez has taken his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has announced it will deliver its verdict at 3pm local time (2pm BST), having heard the case last week.

Suarez to learn fate

Luis Suarez is looking to get back in the game
Luis Suarez is looking to get back in the game Credit: PA

Luis Suarez will learn on Thursday whether his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup has been reduced.

Suarez has taken his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has announced it will deliver its verdict at 3pm local time (2pm BST) on Thursday, having heard the case last week.

Barcelona: Vermaelen still injured

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Vermaelen picked up an injury at the World Cup. Credit: PA

Barcelona have confirmed that new £15 million signing Thomas Vermaelen is still carrying a hamstring injury and will have to wait before he starts training with his new team.

The 28-year-old was presented at the Nou Camp on Sunday after completing his move from Arsenal to the Catalan side and admitted he was not yet 100 percent fit after getting injured during Belgium's 1-0 win over Russia in the World Cup, which meant the defender played just 29 minutes of football in Brazil.

The former Arsenal captain added he hoped to "start from zero" after missing most of last season with the Gunners due to a series of injuries but joins Barca as an injured player.

A statement from Barcelona said: "Thomas Vermaelen injured his right hamstring during the World Cup in June. The player will undergo physiotherapy, and the evolution of the injury will determine when he returns to training."

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