The Uruguayan is cleared to play at the Bernabeu on October 25.
Timing doesn’t come much better than Luis Suarez’s four-month ban ending just before his new club FC Barcelona take on Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season.
Suarez was slapped with the sanction by FIFA during the 2014 World Cup after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group match – something the forward has been punished for three times in his career.
Following the controversy at the World Cup Liverpool were then convinced to part with their prized asset by Barca, who paid somewhere between £65m and £75m to bring the 27-year-old to the Nou Camp, depending on who is reporting the fee.
Suarez appealed to FIFA to have his ban shortened, something that was supported by Chiellini himself, but the international football governing body declined his request, but did allow the Uruguay international to start training with his new teammates.
As it stands the attacker’s ban ends on October 24, just 18 hours before the Catalans travel to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to take on their great rivals and as the club’s website reports the South American has been given clearance to play.
Suarez is widely regarded to be among the finest players in world football, but his lack of professionalism has seen him banned for not only biting opponents but also racially abusing Juventus’ Patrice Evra, back when the defender was playing for Manchester United.