There were fears among Melbourne Victory and Liverpool fans in Australia that Luis Suarez would skip the friendly at the MCG, but he now appears on track to play in Melbourne
Luis Suarez is due to rejoin his Liverpool team-mates in time to play in the friendly against Melbourne Victory on July 24 - if the Uruguayan is still at the club.
According to reports in the Liverpool Echo, Suarez has been given three weeks off following Uruguay's last match of the Confederations Cup in Brazil on June 30.
That means he will miss the Indonesian leg of Liverpool's money-spinning tour of Asia, before linking up again with his colleagues on July 22 - two days before the eagerly anticipated showpiece at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
But it remains to be seen if Suarez will still be a Liverpool player later this month. The 26-year-old striker has publically agitated for a move away from Anfield after receiving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April.
Suarez will still have six games of his suspension from competitive matches to serve when the 2013/14 season begins.
Despite the Ivanovic incident being just the latest in a series of indiscretions and disciplinary issues, Suarez has claimed he feels victimised by the British media, and courted a move to a UEFA Champions League club in several interviews with Uruguayan press outlets.
Real Madrid had been linked with a move for the forward early in the close-season, but Liverpool are determined to retain the services of arguably their only world-class player, and insist they are yet to receive any formal bids for the former Ajax man's services.