Barcelona coach again denies Suarez has become fat during ban

Luis Suarez (L) in action for Uruguay during an international friendly against Oman.

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has rubbished suggestions that striker Luis Suarez has become overweight during his four-month ban.

The Uruguay striker has yet to play for his new club, whom he joined from Liverpool for £75m ($120 million) in the summer, as a result of his suspension from all football-related activities for biting Italy’s Girogio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Suarez has played in friendly matches for both club and country during his ban, scoring twice against Oman on Monday, he has not been allowed to appear in official fixtures.

He is expected to make his competitive comeback in Barca’s El Clasico fixture against Real Madrid on Saturday, October 25.

The 27-year-old striker was rumored to have put on weight during his enforced absence.

But Enrique said: "We see him training every day, he’s a player like any other and what’s clear is that he is not fat.

"He never has been, despite everything that’s been said. He’s been in shape for several months so everything is fine.

"It’s difficult to evaluate if he’s at 70, 80, 90 or 100 percent but what is sure is he feels much better in training.

"He’s been in a certain dynamic for a while and the fact that he has been able to play for his country has allowed him to rediscover the daily life of a footballer."