Striker Robert Lewandowski will be available for Barcelona’s match against Espanyol after a Spanish court overturned his suspension, LaLiga leaders said on Friday.
Lewandowski would miss the game after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) suspended the Polish international for three games after he was sent off 2-1 in Osasuna in November. The 34-year-old was booked for dragging Nacho Vidal back in the 11th minute and then got his second 20 minutes later after appearing to elbow David Garcia in the face.
According to the RFEF’s official committee, Lewandowski was handed a three-game suspension for gesturing to the referee after he was shown the red card which was a “contemptuous attitude towards the referees”.
Last month, Barcelona said it would appeal the suspension. According to Spanish media reports, their appeal was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier this month.
“The Dispute Settlement Court in Madrid has issued a precautionary measure against the suspension imposed by the Sports Arbitration Court, which means that the Polish international can take a stand against Espanyol,” Barcelona said in a statement.
Barcelona, which is two points ahead of Real Madrid after 14 games at the top of the table, will host city rivals Espanyol on Saturday.