Guerrero is weeks away from playing again (Wikimedia)

(WFI) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has told French media outlet AFP that it will hear Peru’s captain Paolo Guerrero’s latest appeal on his doping suspension by “the end of April”.

Guerrero wants to clear his name and have a six-month doping suspension lifted after testing positive for a cocaine metabolite.

The 34-year-old Peruvian striker failed his doping test at a World Cup qualifier match against Argentina last October. He was originally given a one-year ban which would have ruled him out of the World Cup in Russia. But that was reduced to six months on appeal in December with his suspension now set to end on May 3, more than a month before the start of the World Cup in Russia.

Guerrero has not played since October when he scored a late equalizer against Colombia that allowed Peru into the play-off qualifying round for the World Cup.

The CAS announcement about the player’s hearing coincides with Guerrero’s return this Tuesday to training with his club, Flamengo. His teammates greeted him warmly in his first training session with the most popular club in Brazil after his four and a half months of absence away from the team.

“Welcome back, Paolo,” said Flamengo on his Twitter account, in which he published several photos of the reception the Peruvian star received at the training center by different players from the Rio de Janeiro team.

Peru opens at the World Cup against Denmark in Saransk on June 16, before its other Group C games against France and Australia.

This is Peru’s first World Cup appearance since 1982.

By INSIDER Javier Monne

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