Robert Lewandowski, who has played an instrumental part in keeping Barcelona atop the La Liga table after arriving from Bayern Munich last season, was handed a three-game suspension for his red card in the last league game against Osasuna before the World Cup break.
One game suspension came automatically from his two yellow cards, while suspension for two more games was added because of the gestures that he made as he walked off the pitch. These suspensions meant that he would have missed the three important games against Espanyol, Atletico Madrid, and Getafe.
However, FC Barcelona announced today that the Polish striker is eligible to play against Espanyol, as his three-game ban has been suspended by a dispute settlement court in Madrid, which also issued a precautionary measure against the suspension that had been imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport previously.
This is certainly good news for the Catalans and their supporters, as the tie against Espanyol is the first match in La Liga after the World Cup break. As the league is expected to go down the wire with both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona having shown their intent to win the league, and Lewandowski, who has already scored a club-high 13 La Liga goals already this season, coming back will be a big boost for the Blaugranes.