Paolo Guerrero granted leave to play at Russia 2018 World Cup after all

Peru's talismanic striker Paolo Guerrero is going to the World Cup after all...

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  • Paolo Guerrero granted leave to play at World Cup
  • Peru captain had been banned for an alleged drugs violation
  • Swiss Supreme Court delays ban until after tournament

(CNN)His case has gripped and outraged a nation, but it looks like Paolo Guerrero will play for Peru at the 2018 World Cup after all.

Banned for 14 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for an alleged drugs violation only last week, Peru's all-time top scorer has now been cleared to travel to Russia with his teammates.
In a remarkable turnaround, Guerrero was granted a stay of execution Wednesday by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.
    It means his ban will remain in place but crucially be delayed until after the tournament's conclusion in July.
    Guerrero thanked those that had supported his cause and expressed relief that the "unjust sanction" had been lifted, terming it "at least partial justice."