Barcelona coach says Suarez will face Club Leon in friendly
Barcelonahead coachLuis Enriquehas confirmedLuis Suarezwill play in the pre-season clash with Club Leon on Monday.
Luis Suarez (L) and Lionel Messi (R) during a Barcelona training session. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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By Joe WrightGoal.com
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed Luis Suarez will play in the pre-season clash with Club Leon on Monday.
The Uruguayan returned to training this weekend after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced his ban from football to allow him to take part in training and club friendly matches.
And Luis Enrique has been sufficiently impressed by Suarez to allow him some playing time in Monday's Gamper Trophy encounter.
"Luis Suarez will play some minutes in the Gamper tomorrow," he told reporters on Sunday.
"During two training sessions he's already shown he is really talented. He looks like the player we were looking for."
Full-back Dani Alves has been linked with a move away from Barca this summer, with Sao Paulo claiming they would sell the Brazilian and sign Douglas as a direct replacement.
Luis Enrique, however, insists he does not wish to let Dani Alves leave in the immediate future and refused to comment on Douglas.
"I've said this several times. He arrived late in the squad [after the World Cup] but he has an animal level of fitness. Alves is at Barca, he is in the squad and there he will remain. In the future, we'll see. I have opportunities to meet with anyone," he said.