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'Relieved' Suarez to meet fans

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has expressed his relief at training with new team-mates for the first time, declaring he feels "like a footballer again".

The Uruguay forward was able to train with Barca on Friday morning after the Court of Arbitration for Sport relaxed the "excessive" elements of the four-month ban incurred for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

"I'm very happy to feel like a footballer again and to be with my team-mates," Suarez (left), told the club's official website.

"I'm paying for an error I committed and have apologised for, but it needs to be forgotten about. Now I have to think about the future, which is Barcelona, the club I dreamed about playing for."

Suarez completed a £75m move to the Catalans in July but was forced to train away from his team-mates due to the ban.

The 27-year-old failed in his appeal to have the entire suspension - covering "all football-related activity" - removed, but was permitted to train and play in friendlies for club and country after the CAS ruled the punishment was overly harsh.

Suarez will be presented in front of Barca fans at the Nou Camp before Monday's friendly against Mexican side Leon, when he could make his debut for the Blaugrana.

However, he will have to wait until October 25 to make his competitive debut - the weekend of the first Clasico of the 2014-15 Primera Division campaign against arch-rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

"Now I have to wait to play again, to meet the fans and feel what it's like to play at the Nou Camp," Suarez added.


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