Barcelona striker Luis Suárez will be able to train with his new team for the first time today and will be presented as an official Barça player on Monday we can reveal.
The news comes after the Court of Arbitration for Sport sided with FIFA’s ruling but made a few adjustments so as to allow the player to train and be presented as a Barcelona player. Suárez will also be allowed to attend matches.
However, the Uruguayan international will not be able to play an official game until the end of October. It is therefore a hollow victory for the player and the club that bought him in my opinion.
After the verdict by CAS, the club wasted no time in posting on their official website:
“FC Barcelona hereby announces that the player will join the first team’s training session scheduled for tomorrow Friday at 9.30 AM CET in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
Likewise, the public presentation of Suárez as a new FC Barcelona player will be held on Monday at the Camp Nou, on occasion of the Joan Gamper Trophy match”.
Although it’s not the outcome that both club and player wanted, Barcelona should be happy that the striker can now train with the club and get himself into the Barça groove and gain match fitness. This will enable him to build up a rapport with both Neymar and Messi and get off to a good start for when he’s able to play in October.
Once the presentation is out of the way and he can train freely, Suárez has the mammoth task of proving to both club and fans that he was well worth the investment.