May 13, 2018

2018 World Cup: Guerrero in Peru squad after doping ban expires

Peru captain Guerrero bids to have drugs ban lifted


Captain Paolo Guerrero was included in Peru’s preliminary 25-man World Cup squad on Sunday, 10 days after a doping ban expired.

Peru captain Guerrero bids to have drugs ban lifted


Guerrero, who plays as a striker for Brazilian club Flamengo, was initially banned for one year after testing positive for a cocaine metabolite following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina on October 5 last year.

World football’s ruling body FIFA reduced the ban to six months on appeal last December and the suspension expired on May 3.

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Peru are in Group C at the World Cup in Russia from June 14 along with France, Australia and Denmark.

Peru squad

Goalkeepers:  Pedro Gallese (Veracruz/MEX), José Carvallo (UTC), Carlos Caceda (Municipal)

Defenders: Luis Abram (Vélez Sarsfield/ARG), Luis Advíncula (Lobos/MEX), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Nilson Loyola (Melgar), Christian Ramos (Veracruz/MEX), Alberto Rodríguez (Junior/COL), Anderson Santamaría (Puebla/MEX), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo/BRA)

Midfielders: Pedro Aquino (Lobos/MEX), Wilmer Cartagena (Veracruz/MEX), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo/BRA), Edison Flores (Aalborg BK/DEN), Paolo Hurtado (Vitória Guimaraes/POR), Sergio Pena (Grenade/ESP), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers/USA), Renato Tapia (Feyernoord/NED), Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City/USA)

Attackers: Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo/BRA), André Carrillo (Watford/ENG), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia/MEX), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS).