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Luis Suarez could return to action in July

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could be back playing for the side in July, despite being banned by the FA for 10 games after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, according to the Daily Mail.

Suarez will miss the last four games of this Premier League campaign, but Liverpool could still qualify to the Europa League for next season because of the UEFA Fair Play League.

If Liverpool were to qualify for next year's Europa League, they would have to play seven qualification games before the official season starts and Suarez could be eligible from the second qualification round.

The ban still means Suarez will miss the first six domestic games next season, but it means he could still be featuring for the side as early as July, which will see him get valuable game-time.

The UEFA Fair Play League takes into consideration how many bookings a team gets during a 90-minute match - therefore, the Luis Suarez ban will not be taken into consideration.

In the England league, it is currently Arsenal that are topping the Fair Play League, but with them looking more and more likely of a top-four finish, the Europa League place would go to Liverpool instead.

Below you can see the games that Suarez will miss, but also the games that he will be eligible for.

Suarez will miss:

Premier League:

April 27 - Newcastle (A)
May 5 - Everton (H)
May 12 - Fulham (A)
May 19 - QPR (H)

(August 17 - New Premier League season: Suarez banned for first six games)

Suarez could play in:

Europa League:

July 18 - Second qualifying round first leg
July 25 - Second qualifying round second leg
August 1 - Third qualifying round first leg
August 8 - Third qualifying round second leg
August 22 - Europa League play-off first leg
August 29 - Europa League play-off second leg
September 19 - Group stage Matchday 1

 

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