Peru captain Guerrero tests positive for banned substance

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has tested positive for a banned substance and will miss his country’s World Cup qualifying play-off against New Zeland, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) has confirmed.

Guerrero, 33, was selected for a mandatory doping test after Peru’s 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw with Argentina on October 5 and provided an irregular sample.

The Flamengo star has been served with an initial suspension of 30 days by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee and will miss the two crucial matches against New Zealand on November 11 and 16.

He will also miss several matches at club level, with Flamengo involved in the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana against Junior Barranquilla of Colombia.

Guerrero – who is Peru’s all-time leading scorer with 33 strikes – has seven days to respond, but could be forced into a lengthy absence if FIFA’s definitive results proving damning.