Barcelona and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez no one is going to change the way he plays, as he promises same intensity and winning approach after missing up to 640 days of competitive action for his country.
Suarez was given a nine-game ban from competitive internationals, as well as a four-month ban from all football-related activity for the 2014 incident. He was banned for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.
The 29-year old striker says he has been working on controlling his “anxiety and nerves” as he prepares for his first competitive Uruguay game since the biting incident but insists he will not change his aggressive style of play.
“I am going to have the same attitude. I will still run, still pressure, still argue but with moderation, like I am doing now at Barcelona,” he said.
“I am being more intelligent about a lot of things, trying to take advantage of the situations life is putting in front of me.
“I have been working over the last few weeks on trying to control my anxiety, my nerves, which people’s euphoria can cause me but I am very relaxed.
“I know it is special because a lot of time has passed but more than anything I feel like a player who is coming to give the best I can.
“The only thing I want to do is play with the national side again and enjoy the warmth of the fans.”
Suarez returned to training with Uruguay and is available for selection as Coach Tabarez prepares his side for the World Cup qualifying matches against Brazil and Peru. Uruguay are second in South American qualifying behind Ecuador.