Marid: Barcelona’s controversial striker Luis Suarez will be in line to make his debut for the Catalans against bitter rivals Real Madrid, when he finally becomes eligible following his ban for biting Girogio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Suarez was suspended from all football-related activities for four months and given an additional nine-match international ban for sinking his teeth into the Italian centre-back’s shoulder during a group game.

Suarez, 27, was rumoured to have put on weight but Enrique gave short shrift to such suggestions. “It’s difficult to evaluate if he’s at 70, 80, 90 or 100 percent but what is sure is he feels much better in training,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “He’s been in a certain dynamic for a while and the fact that he has been able to play for his country has allowed him to rediscover the daily life of a footballer.”

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