Sat, 24 Oct 2020

LIMA, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Peru manager Ricardo Gareca on Friday named three uncapped players in his preliminary squad for the team's opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Brazil.

America de Cali forward Aldair Rodriguez, Deportivo Municipal midfielder David Dioses and Cesar Vallejo midfielder Raziel Garcia were named on a 30-man list that is expected to be pruned in the coming days.

Peru will be without their captain and all-time highest scorer Paolo Guerrero, who has been ruled out for the rest of the year because of a knee injury.

"We know that nobody can ignore the importance of Paolo, but we have to try replace him and the national team has responded," Gareca told reporters in a virtual press conference.

Peru will meet Paraguay in Asuncion on October 8 and Brazil in Lima five days later.

Peru squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Orlando City), Carlos Caceda (Melgar) and Jose Carvallo (University).

Defenders: Luis Advincula (Rayo Vallecano), Miguel Araujo (Emmen), Aldo Corzo (University), Carlos Zambrano (Boca Juniors), Christian Ramos (Cesar Vallejo), Miguel Trauco (Saint Etienne), Marcos Lopez (San Jose Earthquakes), Nilson Loyola (Sporting Cristal), Luis Abram (Velez Sarsfield), Alexander Callens (New York City), Anderson Santamaria (Atlas).

Midfielders: Sergio Pena (Emmen), David Dioses (Deportivo Municipal), Andre Carrillo (Al Hilal), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Edison Flores (DC United) and Raziel Garcia (Cesar Vallejo), Renato Tapia (Celta de Vigo), Christian Cueva (Yeni Malatyaspor), Pedro Aquino (Leon), Wilder Cartagena (Godoy Cruz), Yoshimar Yotun (Cruz Azul), Christofer Gonzales (Sporting Cristal).

Forwards: Jefferson Farfan (unattached), Yordy Reyna (DC United), Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders) and Aldair Rodriguez (America de Cali).

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