Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his debut for the club in tonight's game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
The former Liverpool striker is now eligible to play after serving a four month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup having joined Barcelona in a deal worth a reported £75 million over the summer.
Enrique has confirmed the Uruguayan is likely to be thrown in at the deep end in El Clasico this evening, although he won't start. "[He] will have some minutes for sure," the Barcelona boss said. "It is important for him to be incorporated in the team."
The 27-year-old's return to action comes at the right time for Barcelona, who will look to extend their lead at the top of La Liga over their great rivals this evening. So far Enrique's team are unbeaten in the league, and are four points clear of Madrid in third place.
Much of the build up to the game has been dominated by talk of Suarez's return, but Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says he's only focused on his own side's performance. I am not here to judge Luis Suarez. He has scored a lot of goals, but it doesn't change our tactics," said the Italian.
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"I think for football it is good news that Suarez can play in this league. Naturally I have a lot of respect for Suarez's quality, but if Suarez plays or not doesn't change their idea of how to play the game and doesn't change ours either."
Madrid's task has been made all the more difficult by the fact that they will be unable to call upon Gareth Bale. The Welshman, who took no part in the midweek win over Liverpool in the Champions League, will sit out of the game with a muscle injury.
Although Suarez is under the spotlight, it wouldn't be the Clasico without Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The latter is currently leading the way in terms of goals this season, but it's the former who stands on the cusp of history.
Messi requires one goal to equal the all-time La Liga goalscoring record, and he would dearly love to break it in Madrid's own back yard.
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