Robert Lewandowski cleared to face Espanyol after suspension

Robert Lewandowski has been named in Barcelona’s squad to face Espanyol on Saturday after his three-match ban was temporarily lifted.

Lewandowski was initially suspended for a gesture that was deemed to ‘question the integrity of the official’ in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Osasuna before the World Cup break, although the Blaugrana have always argued that What is wrong is that the action in question has been misinterpreted.

The first appeal to La Liga failed, as did a second appeal to Spain’s Administrative Court of Sports, but Barcelona did not give up and took the matter to the Disputes Tribunal in Madrid, which has since had the ban temporarily lifted. Removed.

Lewandowski’s suspension is still under investigation but, while the process continues, the Poland international is free to continue playing.

As a result, Xavi has included Lewandowski in his squad for Saturday’s Catalan derby against Espanyol, although the boss admitted he was unimpressed with the short notice he was given about the decision.

“We found out only when the training was over,” he said. “We prepared for the game without Robert.

“Of course it’s great news, but it’s not the best time for us to find out the day before. But we’re happy, even if they were surprised by the decision.”

Lewandowski returns to the Barcelona squad along with centre-back Ronald Araujo, who has recovered from a back problem and is now set to make his first appearance of any kind after picking up the injury early in September.

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