Luis Suarez is likely to play his first competitive game for Barcelona in La Liga’s “Clasico” against Real Madrid later this month.
The former Liverpool striker says it is no coincidence his four-month biting ban expires the day before one of biggest fixtures in world soccer.
FIFA sidelined the controversial Uruguay striker for four months, and banned him for nine competitive internationals after he bit Italy defender, Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
The ban ends on October 24th, meaning Suarez, who had already been sanctioned twice for biting opponents and once when he was accused of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
The Uruguayan could run out at the Bernabeu the following day, if selected by Barca coach Luis Enrique.
“You know, I’m the kind of person who believes that things happen for a reason,” Suarez said in an interview published on Barca’s website on Tuesday.
“Out of all 19 teams in the league, it’s precisely against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu that I’ll make my comeback,” added the 27-year-old.
“There must be a reason.”
Suarez has been training hard with his new team mates to make sure he is ready for action when the ban expires and he does not appear to have lost his instinct for goal.
He netted a double for Uruguay in a 3-0 friendly win over Oman on Monday, his second appearance for the South Americans on their tour of the Middle
East after he played in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia.
Suarez will join Lionel Messi and Neymar in a formidable Barca attack and he said he was “hungry” to help the club return to winning ways after they failed to win major silverware last season.
“All I can say is that I have arrived with the desire to be a success at Barca that I am hungry to win titles,” Suarez said