By: Luiz Suarez
Barcelona’s star striker Luiz Suarez will have another chance to sharpen up when Uruguay faces Oman in Buraimi on Monday.
Suarez, who failed to score against Saudi Arabia during their friendly in Jeddah that ended in a 1-1 draw on Friday, will look to make the most of every opportunity as his Barcelona debut could come on October 26 in the first El Clasico of the season.
The player’s nine-match ban from competitive action ends the day before the Catalans face Real Madrid. Suarez had been picked by Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez for the friendly games – against Saudi Arabia and Oman – and on Friday played his first international match for his country since biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup in Brazil. Suarez was handed a four-month suspension from all forms of football as well as a nine-match international ban for biting the Italy defender during Uruguay’s 1-0 group-stage victory.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) later reduced his ban to competitive games, also allowing him to train. It meant the 27 year old could travel to Saudi Arabia and Oman.
In Jeddah, Suarez featured in the starting line-up and went on to create the first goal for his country with a volley that cannoned off the post and into the back of the net off a deflection from Saudi rightback Hassan Muath Fallatah. The Uruguayan team and its star striker – camping in the UAE border town of Al Ain for the Oman game – stayed low-key for much of Sunday, driving down to the Buraimi Sports Complex in the evening for a practice session.
SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY