FIFA suspend Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero for 30 days
Last Updated: 03/11/17 10:00pm
FIFA has suspended Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero for 30 days because of an adverse result in a recent anti-doping test, the Peruvian Football Federation have said.
The news is a blow to Peru's bid to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982.
Guerrero, the team's captain, had helped Peru finish fifth in the South American qualifying group to win a play-off place against New Zealand.
The first game will take place in Wellington on November 11 with the return leg in Lima four days later.
Peru reached this stage by finishing fifth in the South American qualifying section having drawn their final group game 1-1 with Colombia, who qualified automatically.
The play-off marks the third consecutive intercontinental play-off participation for New Zealand after previously losing 9-3 on aggregate to Mexico in the 2014 World Cup play-off and defeating Bahrain 1-0 on aggregate at the same stage in 2010.