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The top-rated goalkeeper will be eligible for the must-win World Cup qualifier against Algeria, despite reports to the contrary...

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary will be available for Egypt's crunch World Cup qualifier against Algeria in November after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced it would only hear his appeal against suspension in December.

The veteran goalkeeper was handed a 900,000 euros fine and a four-month ban for violating his contract with Al Ahly to join Swiss side Sion in February 2008.

World governing body FIFA also hit Sion with a year's transfer ban.

CAS later froze the sanction upon the appeal of Sion and El-Hadary, but they are yet to announce a final verdict.

Reports had suggested that CAS might uphold FIFA's decision before Egypt clash with Algeria at Cairo International Stadium in a crucial World Cup qualifying clash on November 14.

El-Hadary, who was outstanding in Egypt's 1-0 win away in Zambia in October, would not then be able then to feature in the make-or-break encounter against Algeria, the reports added.

However, CAS has set December 9 as a date to hear the appeal of Sion and thus giving the 36-year-old the green light to be in goal against Algeria.

Egypt, who last qualified for the World Cup in 1990, need to defeat Algeria by a three-goal margin to ensure their progress to next year's football finals to be staged in South Africa.

Samm Audu,