Luis Suarez's legal representatives are confident they can persuade the Court of Arbitration for Sport to halve the striker's four-month ban at an appeal hearing in Lausanne today.
The Barcelona striker was handed the suspension, a nine-match international ban and a £66,000 fine, for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 World Cup victory on June 24.
Suarez's lawyers are at CAS headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to argue the incident took place while the former Liverpool star was playing for his country and should be limited to international football.,
The legal team are confident of obtaining a reduction to two months and for him 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.
CAS had said a final decision is likely "some days after the conclusion of the hearing" but there is a chance it could be made as early as Friday once the appeal is over.
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