Breaking: Barcelona get Robert Lewandowski back in La Liga

Breaking: Barcelona get Robert Lewandowski back in La Liga

His absence has been more than notable, but the wait at Barça is over.  Robert Lewandowski is once again at the disposal of Xavi Hernández in La Liga, after serving a three-game ban for his "gesture of disapproval of the referee's decision" in the November match played at El Sadar against Osasuna, touching his nose after seeing the  red being issued.

 That was the last day before the World Cup break.  Barça obtained an injunction, granted by the Central Contentious Court of Madrid, on the sanction imposed by the TAD.  Which is why the striker was able to participate in the first post-World Cup fixture, hosted by Espanyol at the Camp Nou.

 However, the striker's suspension became effective during the next three league clashes and he missed the matches against Atletico Madrid, Getafe and Girona.  This Wednesday, against Betis in the game postponed because of the Spanish Super Cup, he will once again be eligible.

 The sanction was only effective in the league, so Barça's No. 9 was able to continue playing in the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup.  He played four games during the ban, against Ceuta and Real Sociedad cup, and against Betis and Real Madrid in the tournament played in Saudi Arabia.

 In these four games he scored four goals: a double against Ceuta, a goal to open the can in the Super Cup semifinals and the second of the night in the Clasico.

 The three games in which the Polish striker has been absent from the league, Barça won by just the one goal.  1-0 at Atlético de Madrid, 1-0 against Getafe and a 1-0 win at Girona.  In these last two, the suffering was excessive in the last phases of the match, the players asking for full-time.

 Barça has struggled to kill off games in the absence of Lewandowski and has seen himself overcome in various stages of the games.  Let's not forget that in 24 games with Barcelona Lewandowski has scored 22 goals and has added five assists.  His offensive contribution returns at a crucial time for Xavi Hernández's men.

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