Luis Suarez Barcelona Debut Could Now Take Place on Monday in Leon Friendly

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterAugust 14, 2014

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Luis Suarez of Uruguay acknowledges the fans after defeating England 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by
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Luis Suarez's ban for biting was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as per the BBC, but some minor relaxations to his penalty mean that his debut for Barcelona could now be less than a week away.  

The four-month ban from full games was kept in place, as was his suspension for Uruguay, but he is now able to compete in football-related activities, such as training, and has also been cleared to compete in friendly matches:

Luis Suarez WILL be allowed to make his Barcelona debut against Club Leon in the Joan Gamper Trophy at the Nou Camp on Monday. #fcb

— SunSport Now (@SunSportNow) August 14, 2014

#Suarez likely to make his #Barcelona debut on Monday against Club Leon

— Kris Voakes (@krisvoakes) August 14, 2014

Barcelona have a pre-season clash against Leon of Mexico scheduled at the Nou Camp on Monday before the Liga campaign begins—Suarez is now cleared to feature in that.

It would be the ideal opportunity for the Blaugrana—assuming the Uruguayan is in shape—to play him and also unveil him formally to his home crowd.