Captain-less Peru releases 24-man provisional squad for 2018 World Cup
The Peru national team will be without their captain, Paolo Guerrero for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The veteran striker was suspended 14 months for doping and now his nation must prevail in the global competition without his leadership.
Ricardo Gareca released a 24-man provisional squad for the tournament in Russia this Wednesday, May 16. Only one player from this list will miss the World Cup and the competitiveness in the upcoming friendly games in the coming month should be intense.
The list is made up of five players who play in Peru, seven who play in Mexico, six who play in Europe, two who play in Brazil, two who play in the MLS, Luis Abram of Velez Sarsfield and Alberto Rodriguez of Junior de Barranquilla.
A la fecha, esta es la lista provisional de jugadores de Perú para Rusia 2018 y sobre la cual el Profesor Gareca hablará hoy en conferencia. pic.twitter.com/JI9teYzlk4
— Selección Peruana (@SeleccionPeru) May 16, 2018
Without Paolo Guerrero, the attack could be reliant on Monarcas Morelia’s Raul Ruidiaz, who has 38 goals in the Liga MX since his arrival in the Apertura 2016 competition. Peru will be reliant on Liga MX players in general with vital players like Pedro Gallese and Christian Ramos currently playing in Mexico.
Los Incas will be playing in their first World Cup since 1982 and will have a manageable group with Australia, France and Denmark.