Luis Suarez’s appeal against the four-month ban handed down to him by FIFA in the wake of his bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
However, in a bit of a turn up for Barcelona, he has been cleared to train with his new colleagues in the meantime.
As a result he’ll have every chance of arriving into the fray for the Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu on the 26th of October at close to full throttle.
Furthermore he’ll have every chance of lining the pockets of bwinners who have backed him to fire over 18.5 La Liga goals in his first season in Spain at 17/20.
With 30 games in which to shoot down the total set for him by the bwin odds boffins he should have little trouble based on past exploits.
In 2012/13 his 23 strikes in 31 league games meant he averaged 0.7 goals an outing, which equates to just shy of 21 net-bulgers extrapolated over 30 fixtures.
Last season he was on the naughty step for the first five games after chewing on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, yet he fired an exceptional 31 times in 33 matches.
Scoring at the same goal-per-game ratio this term for the Blaugrana would see him back-flip over the 18.5 goal bar with ten fixtures to go.
That’s before it’s even considered that he’ll be the beneficiary of some five-star service from some of the most attentive creators around.
Barca may have lost Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas this summer, but they’ve gained Ivan Rakitic, arguably Spain’s most creative player over the last two campaigns, to compliment Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
That’s before the accommodations of Lionel Messi and Neymar, who created 19 goals between them in the league last term, are even considered.