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Suarez to learn appeal fate

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to announce its decision on Luis Suarez's appeal against his four-month football ban at 2pm on Thursday.

Suarez, 27, was handed the ban from all football activity for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 World Cup victory in June.

Suarez's lawyers have argued that, as the incident took place while the former Liverpool star was playing for his country, the ban should be limited to international football only.

A CAS statement read: "At the request of the appellants and with the agreement of FIFA, the CAS has conducted an expedited arbitration procedure. As a consequence, the CAS Panel has accepted to render its decision within a short period of time but with grounds to follow later."

Barcelona paid Liverpool 75m for Suarez after he received his FIFA ban, which, as it stands, keeps him out until October 25.

It is understood that Suarez's legal team are confident of obtaining a reduction to two months and for their client to be allowed to train with Barcelona for the duration of his suspension.

If successful, he would be available to return to action on August 25.