Sunday 18 August 2019

Suarez to line out in friendly for Barca

Barcelona marquee signing Luis Suarez is set to play a friendly for the club's B team against Indonesia today to maintain his fitness until his ban ends in October, coach Luis Enrique said.

The Catalan club splashed out €81 million on the controversial Uruguayan knowing that they would not be able to use him in an official match from the start after he was given a four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.

"He has been training hard, showing a lot of willingness and is looking forward to returning so this game does look like a good opportunity to give him a run out if (Barca B coach) Eusebio is happy to do that," Luis Enrique said.

Suarez (right) was initially prohibited from being engaged in any footballing activities but on appeal he has been allowed to return to training and to play friendly games.

The former Liverpool hitman already played in a match between the Barca first team and the reserves and the game against Indonesia will be another chance for him to sharpen up.

Although early days, Barcelona have made their best ever start to a La Liga campaign in his absence with four straight wins without conceding a goal.

Their defence was a weakness last season and an important reason why all the major trophies escaped them, but they look more solid as they prepare to take on Malaga tonight.

"We are doing well and I think that we will still improve at the back," said Luis Enrique.

"It still doesn't mean that we won't go on to concede goals and lose matches and we are looking to improve individually and as a group."

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