Luis Su¡rez has been cleared to make his debut for Barcelona on Monday after being allowed to train with his new team-mates and play in friendlies.
Although the court of arbitration for sport (Cas) has upheld the strikerâ€™s ban and fine for biting the Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, Su¡rez has won a victory of sorts after the punishment was softened.
The 27-year-old remains ineligible to play in competitive matches during the four-month ban period, and his nine-game international suspension stays in place, but he will participate in training on Friday.
Su¡rez, who has been forced to train alone in a hidden area of Catalonia, can also now, belatedly, be presented as a Barcelona player when the club take on Mexicoâ€™s Club Le³n in a pre-season friendly at Camp Nou.
â€œThe sanctions imposed on the player by Fifa have been generally confirmed,â€ Cas said in a statement, meaning the earliest the striker can return for Barcelona in a competitive fixture is 26 October when, as fate would have it, the club face Real Madrid at the Bernab©u in the firstcl¡sico of the season.
â€œHowever, the four-month suspension will apply to official matches only and no longer to other football-related activities (such as training, promotional activities and administrative matters).â€