Michel Platini is awaiting a verdict from CAS ©Getty Images

A decision on whether FIFA Presidential hopeful Michel Platini's ban from football should be lifted is expected to be made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday (December 11).

The Frenchman filed an "urgent" appeal with the CAS last month after world football's governing body opted to suspend him from all activity involving the sport for 90 days.

That meant his candidature to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA President has not yet been assessed, but the 60-year-old has not given up hope of running for the top job.

He has been told that if his sanctions are lifted his case will be reviewed and he may be able to run, but it is still far from certain whether his dwindling campaign will be resurrected.

The CAS has now invited counsel from both parties to attend a preliminary hearing in Lausanne tomorrow as it deliberates on whether the 90-day ban should be lifted.

They said a decision is "likely" on December 11.

A verdict against the former French international will deal another huge blow to his Presidential hopes.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected to release a verdict on December 11
The Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected to announce a verdict on December 11 ©Getty Images

Platini, also the President of European governing body UEFA, initially contested his ban directly with FIFA but its Appeal Committee rejected his claim.

He was suspended along with Blatter in October after a probe into a "disloyal" payment of CHF 2 million (£1.3 million/$2.1 million/€1.8 million) made to him by the Swiss.

This was supposedly for work Platini carried out for FIFA between 1999 and 2002, but he was not paid until 2011 and the nine-year gap has prompted questions.

Both men deny wrongdoing and the Frenchman's legal team claimed yesterday that a 23-page document published in Le Journal du Dimanche proves he is not guilty of corruption.

His lawyer Thomas Clay described it as "important evidence".

Platini and Blatter, who are due to face FIFA Ethics Committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on December 18, are both reportedly facing lifetime bans from football.

The Investigatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee has requested sanctions following its deliberations, with the case now in the hands of the Adjudicatory Chamber. 

FIFA's Presidential election is due to take place at its Extraordinary Congress in Zurich on February 26.

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