Peru assistant coach Nolberto Solano says the team can only “focus on what they have” while they await the decision on banned captain Paolo Guerrero.
Guerrero is currently appealing the ban extended by the Court of Arbitration of Sport after the 34 year old tested positive for cocaine and metabolite benzoylecgonine.
“To be honest we’re really disappointed – Paolo is very professional and he’s a key player for us,
“Unfortunately, we don’t know what’s going to happen.” Solano said.
Peru has named a 24 man preliminary squad for the tournament but it is expected Guerrero will be included should the ban be lifted.
But despite his absence Solano told FNR_Football Nation Radio much of the focus throughout the qualifiers was adopting a team first mentality which Solano says is one of the team’s strengths.
“We never rely on individuals to win us games, we are a team and very competitive as a team,” Solano said.
Peru along with Australia, Denmark and France make up Group C and Solano says all teams are being treated with equal respect among the Peruvian camp.
“It’s very exciting and emotional for the country, we love football here in Peru,” Solano said.
Peru will be make their first World Cup Finals appearance since 1982 when they meet Denmark on June 16.
Football Extra airs every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hosted by Joshua Parish on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to the full interview here