The Peruvian Football Federation have officially confirmed that captain Paolo Guerrero has been chosen in the Peru national football team’s FIFA World Cup 2018 squad following the expiration of a narcotics ban.
Guerrero was banned for a full year after his drug tests resulted positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine following the Peruvian national football club’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina in October 2017.
The international governing body of soccer FIFA lowered the embargo by half, six months, but the World Anti-Doping Agency filed a petition before the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport to increase the punishment to between one and a couple of years.
The striker, who has protested his innocence throughout the case, appeared at a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing earlier this May 2018.
Peru Football Federation took to Twitter and posted that it would travel to Brazil “to visit their newly selected captain Paolo Guerrero, and take photos and kit measurements for the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 34-year-old Guerrero returned to professional football sport with Brazilian side Flamengo just last week.
Peru, who have made it to the World Cup qualification for the first time since dating way back in 1982, will be playing the group stage round with Australia, Denmark and France in Group C in Russia.
Guerrero has scored 32 goals for his nation and helped the Peruvian national team finish third in the 2011 and 2015 Copa Americas when he was leading scorer in both contests.