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The young forward has turned 18 and is now elegible to rejoin the Blaugrana youth ranks, after being barred from appearing for the club's youth divisions for two years

Barcelona's South Korean hotshot Seung-Woo Lee has returned to La Masia after spending several months in his home country due to Fifa regulations banning the registration of under-18s in the club's youth squads. 

The Juvenil A player was unable to take the field for two years, but has now turned 18 and is clear to sign for whichever club he pleases. And that club will be none other than Barcelona. 

The Blaugrana, however, have warned that before he pulls on the famous shirt Lee will have to show he is in condition to play after such a lengthy lay-off, and if necessary will start a special training regime to avoid injury on his comeback. The Korean starlet has only featured with his nation's U-17 division, where he was far from his best due to the lack of playing time. 

But it is surely only a matter of time before he is back in form. Two days ago in Seoul airport, the youngster bid farewell to his native land while assuring that his Barca return was "a new beginning, I will try to give my best." 

"Spending three years in the wilderness should not prove an obstacle, because I will try and avoid impatience." 



Lee added that he was still not sure if he would return to the Juvenil A youth team, or if he would be moved up to Barcelona B. Goal understands that at first he will join the ranks of the former, but that both Gerard Lopez, B team coach, and Luis Enrique himself will be keeping a close eye on his movements. 

"Lee has had some problems, going through a situation similar to that of Seung Ho Paik, who trained with us following an extremely unfair punishment," Enrique explained. 

"It is crucial these players have the chance to practice the sport they love at the level Barcelona offers them." 

It is unlikely Lee will be ready to play this coming weekend, meaning that barring any inconveniences his re-appearance will more realistically occur at home against Cornella. The forward cannot wait to return, and has shown his excitement on the social networks, congratulating himself for coming of age. 

In just a handful of days we will see him in action again. He will start in the Juvenil A but the team will not try to hold him back, and it would not be a surprise to see him in the B ranks in the near-future - or, who knows, even in the first team.

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