Peru News: Guerrero tipped to shine

1 year ago

In the latest Peru news, boss Ricardo Gareca has tipped Paolo Guerrero to shine following his World Cup reprieve.

Los Incas are set to take part in their first World Cup since 1982, having come through the notoriously arduous South American qualifying but almost had to do it without their talisman.

Guerrero tested positive for a banned substance shortly after the end of CONMEBOL qualifying, meaning he missed his side’s play-off win over New Zealand.

The 34-year-old always protested that he had ingested the substance through drinking a type of herbal tea prescribed for flu but was originally hit with a 14-month ban.

Eventually he had his sanction reduced and will now be available to play in Russia, although Saturday’s clash with Denmark will be his first competitive game this year.

He did, however, bag a brace on his return in the recent 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia and will be keen to prove his doubters wrong in what looks set to be his first and last World Cup.

Gareca’s men are 23/10 to beat Denmark with Betfred and it looks sure to be an entertaining game in Saransk.

Inevitably there have been questions raised over the Flamengo man’s fitness heading into the tournament due to his lack of match action.

His coach does not anticipate any issues though, insisting the former Bayern Munich man will be ready to take on the Danes.

“Whatever happened in the past, Paolo is very, very fit, he is training at a very high level and he really is ready to play,” Gareca told a news conference in Saransk.

“Paolo is playing very well and he is very, very happy, preparing, and in a very good situation.”