Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his debut during El Clásico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
The clash between Barça and Real Madrid has always been the biggest event on the Spanish calendar but Suarez’s return from his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at last summer’s World Cup adds extra spice to an already highly-anticipated encounter.
The manager now has a decision to make as to whether he starts his marquee signing on the bench or goes with a three-pronged attack with Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi.
The head coach is highly unlikely to split the Argentinian and the Brazilian, who have scored 13 goals between them in the last five games but he has revealed that Suarez will definitely feature in some capacity on Saturday.
“Today I cannot play this game but you will have assurance he will play minutes,” he told Spanish media at his pre-match press conference. “How many? I do not know. It’s an important occasion for him and he will have minutes.”
While Suarez is in line to play his first Clásico, Barça midfielder Andres Iniesta is a veteran of such affairs and will make his 30th appearance in the fixture at the Bernabeu. The Spain international will be the man expected to supply the service to his three prolific team-mates and he admits the entire squad is excited about Suarez’s availability.
“He’s happy to be available and the rest of us are happy about it too,” he told a press conference reported by www.fcbarcelona.com. “We hope he performs as well as he has always done.”