Dalian Yifang have released an official statement to confirm the lifting of Yannick Carrasco’s suspension, citing his good behaviour and apologies.

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Yannick Carrasco playing for Belgium

After being linked with a summer move to Arsenal, Carrasco arrived back late from international duty with Belgium earlier this month and ended up missing a club match.

Dalian Yifang issued a statement suspending the winger and fining him, as well as asking for a formal apology.

For a while, it seemed as if this could spell the end for Carrasco’s time in China, particularly after he and his agent spoke out against his punishment. However, Dalian have now released a second statement to confirm the punishment is being lifted.

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Dalian Professional Football Club statement on Yannick Carrasco

The relevant part of the statement reads: “In view of the fact that team member Carrasco had a good attitude during the training suspension and took the initiative to apologise to the club, the coaching staff and all the team members, Dalian Football Club has decided to temporarily lift the training suspension penalty for Carrasco and allow him to resume training.”

This is a sharp turnaround from the Dalian head coach’s recent public comments that Carrasco could be out of all of the club’s matches for the foreseeable future. If he’s back in training now, you’d expect the winger to be back on the pitch very shortly.

After all, Carrasco has seven goals and two assists in just 10 matches for the club this season. They’ve lost two out of their three matches since the Belgian last played, drawing the third, so they’ll want him back in the team again soon.

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