LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru coach Ricardo Gareca left veteran striker Claudio Pizarro off his World Cup squad on Wednesday despite top scorer Paolo Guerrero being suspended for doping.
The 39-year-old Pizarro had been touted as a possible replacement for Guerrero but Watford’s Andre Carrillo and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Jefferson Farfan were picked to spearhead the attack instead.
Guerrero was ruled out after the Court for Arbitration of Sport increased his ban from six to 14 months on Monday. The normal team captain tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine after Peru’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina in October.
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Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and defender Alberto Rodriguez were both picked despite still recovering from injuries. They were key starters during the team’s World Cup qualifying campaign.