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Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez free to make Barcelona debut against rivals Real Madrid after four month ban comes to an end

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has confirmed that Luis Suarez's four month ban will end in time for the striker to make his debut in 'El Clasico', Barcelona have confirmed.

The Uruguayan forward is still serving a four month ban from 'all football related activity' after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini whilst playing for Uruguay in the World Cup in Brazil over the summer.

Suarez was a Liverpool player when the ban was imposed by FIFA, and was subsequently sold for a reported £65m to Spanish giants Barcelona soon after.

The player appealed to Cas over the length of the ban after making the move, and though the length of the ban was not changed, it was ruled that Suarez could train with his new team and take part in non competitive matches.

He made his first appearance for the Catalans in a 6-0 win over Mexican side Club Leon on August 18th, coming off the bench.

Barcelona released a statement on their official site which confirmed that he would be available to take on arch rivals Real Madrid next month.

The statement read; "Cas has confirmed to FC Barcelona that the Uruguayan's suspension will end at midnight on Friday 24 October."

"Therefore, clearing him to appear in his first official fixture for his new club, against none other than Real Madrid, should (head coach) Luis Enrique opt to play him."

Suarez courted controversy for much of his time at Liverpool, firstly when he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra in 2011.

He was then banned for the second time for biting a player, Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in 2013, having already served a ban for the same offence whilst at former club Ajax.

Barcelona have recently lost their appeal over a breach in FIFA's regulations over the signing of youth players, and are banned from signing any new players until 2016.

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