LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport expects to issue a verdict in January after hearing Alberto Contador's defense that contaminated beef caused his positive doping test at the Tour de France.
The court will hear Contador's case over four days starting next Monday.
CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb says the three-man appeal panel likely needs "six to eight weeks" to publish its ruling.
Reeb says the wait is "normal for a case of this complexity."
Contador tested positive for clenbuterol during his 2010 Tour victory.
The International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to CAS after the Spanish cycling federation cleared Contador of blame in February.