Suarez to join Barcelona training Friday before Monday presentation

The player is free to begin working with his new teammates after the CAS reduced the total coverage of his ban from soccer — though he still cannot play until late October.
Barcelona has confirmed that Luis Suarez will begin training with his new teammates Friday before being formally unveiled by the club Monday.

The Uruguayan had been banned from any soccer activity for four months by FIFA for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup clash between the two countries.

Although he completed his move to Camp Nou from Liverpool shortly after, his suspension meant that he could not attend matches, practice with his teammates or be presented to the media.

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However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decreed Thursday that, while the length of his playing ban will stand, he should be allowed to train and visit stadiums, leaving Barca free to unveil him.

Barca released a statement via their official website that read: "Following the announcement of the verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the appeal against the sanction imposed on Luis Suarez by FIFA, FC Barcelona hereby announce that the player will join the first team's training session scheduled for tomorrow Friday at 09.30CET in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

"Likewise, the public presentation of Suarez as a new FC Barcelona player will be held on Monday at the Camp Nou, on occasion of the Joan Gamper Trophy match."

Suarez will be free to make his official Barcelona debut during the weekend of Oct. 25-26, when the first Clasico of the season against Real Madrid is set to take place.