Calhanoglu returns after suspension nightmare

Bayer 04 Leverkusen attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has served out his four-month suspension and is once more available for the club.

The Turkey international was banned by FIFA for that time period after a breach of contract involving Turkish club Trabzonspor, who he reportedly agreed to sign for but then changed his mind and stayed at then club Karlsruher.

Nonetheless, the 23-year-old has done his time and will now be available for Leverkusen once more in pre-season, and for the 2017/18 campaign as well. The player missed 16 matches during his time on the sidelines.

Prior to his ban, Calhanoglu was in fine form as he banged in six goals and assisted on five strikes in 15 Bundesliga games. Due to his lack of match time, he was not selected for Turkey’s World Cup qualifying match against Kosovo on 11 June.

The Bundesliga’s official Instagram account said, “Back in the game! It’s time to hug @hakancalhanoglu with the @bayer04fussball’s four-month suspension from football ending today.”

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