By Efosa Taiwan
Barcelona have announced that striker Robert Lewandowski can play against Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday after his three-match ban has been suspended.
The Polish international would certainly sit out the game, but is now available and looks set to start after being included in Barcelona’s match squad for the Catalan derby.
Barcelona’s official statement reads: “Robert Lewandowski can still play in the derby! The Dispute Settlement Court in Madrid has issued a precautionary measure against the suspension imposed by the Sports Arbitration Court, meaning the Poland international can face Espanyol at the 2pm CET kick-off at Spotify Camp Nou.
“He received a red card in the last game before the World Cup break, away to Osasuna. After receiving two yellow cards in the first half, his side was left with ten men, but still managed to win the game 2- 1. He was then handed a three-match ban, a decision the club appealed.”
Lewandowski was sent off and received a one match suspension for his red card and an additional two matches for the gesture he made as he walked away.
The striker said after the game that the gesture was directed at Xavi and not at the match official.
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