Luis Suarez could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the 2014/15 La Liga season.
The new signing is currently serving a four-month ban from all football activity after biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s FIFA World Cup Group D match against Italy.
It was his third offence of this kind and he will miss the opening two months of the new Spanish season.
His suspension is set to end though on October 26 meaning that unless the fixture is moved back a day for television purposes, he could well make the most dramatic of debuts at Santiago Bernabeu following his £75 million move.
Although with the terms of Suarez’s ban stating that he cannot even take part in training, it is very unlikely that new manager Luis Enrique will throw him straight back into the action.
The fixtures for the 2014/15 La Liga campaign were released on Thursday morning, with the first El Clasico meeting due to take place on the weekend of 25-26 October.
Nou Camp will play host to the rematch on the weekend of March 22, as both sides look to regain the domestic crown from Atletico Madrid.
The reigning champions will begin the defence of their title with a trip to Rayo Vallecano when the season kicks off on August 24, while Barca host Elche and Real welcome newly-promoted Cordoba.
Another new addition to La Liga – Segunda Division winners Eibar will begin their campaign in the top flight with a home match against Real Sociedad, while runners-up Deportivo La Coruna commence their return to the top league by travelling to Granada.
We do not have to wait too long for the first big showdown of the 2014/15 season, as match day three brings the Madrid derby, and a repeat of the UEFA Champions League final, on September 14 at the Bernabeu. The return at Vicente Calderon will take place on February 8.
A repeat of the last season’s deciding encounter is on January 11, as Barca and Atletico do battle at the Nou Camp, while the rematch is scheduled for the penultimate match day of the season – how big could that contest prove in proceedings?
We are just a month away now from the big kick-off in Spain. Can Atletico survive the losses of key players and retain their crown? Will Suarez form the deadliest of attacking trios at Barca alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi? Or will the acquisition of James Rodriguez compliment Real’s combination of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema and give them the edge? All will be revealed on August 24!
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