Suarez takes part in Barca training

15 August 2014 11:31

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday morning after the Court of Arbitration for Sport relaxed the "excessive" elements of his four-month ban.

The 27-year-old failed in his appeal to have the entire suspension removed but he will now be able to train and play in friendlies for club and country after CAS ruled the punishment was overly harsh.

Suarez was originally suspended from all football-related activity for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, which included a nine-match international exile and a £66,255 fine.

The impact of that has been significantly lessened by the CAS ruling, which is a big boost to Barcelona after they paid £75million to sign him from Liverpool this summer.

Brazil forward Neymar also trained with the main group, the club confirmed on their website, despite not having been given the medical all-clear after breaking a bone in his back during Brazil's 2-1 World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia.

Xavi, who has agreed to play on for at least one more season despite being linked with a move to either Qatar or the United States over the summer, was also involved, while former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen continued with specific physio work.

Suarez will be presented to the Barca fans on Monday before the Joan Gamper Trophy match, and will be unveiled to the media at a press conference on Tuesday.

Source: PA