Ajax and Cameroon’s Andre Onana has had his doping suspension reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The Ajax goalkeeper was banned for a year by UEFA in February after testing positive for Furosemide following an out-of-competition test.
Onana has however maintained that he accidentally took medicine that was prescribed for his wife and launched an appeal to CAS, which was heard last week. The verdict has now been announced, with the length of the ban being reduced by three months.
The three-person panel from CAS who heard Onana’s appeal found that UEFA’s original 12-month suspension had been ‘disproportionate and excessive’.
Due to the terms of his suspension, Onana has been unable to even train with Ajax since February and has been working on his fitness with a personal trainer on local pitches in Amsterdam.
He will be allowed to start competitive training again two months before the end of his ban, so the appeal verdict means he will be able to start training with his team again from September 3.
And that significantly raises the prospect of a move to Arsenal, as he will be available for selection from November 3 onwards.
Gunners’ interest in Onana stretches back to January when contact was made between the north London club and the player’s representatives.