Caltex Socceroos group opponents Peru have confirmed their 25-man preliminary squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
With France and Denmark still to name their initial list of players – which then must be cut to 23 by 4 June – it is Peru who have confirmed the inclusion of returning captain Paolo Guerrero.
Guerrero recently returned to football after sitting out six months over a failed doping test.
Initially Guerrero was suspended for 12 months by FIFA, which would have meant he missed the World Cup, but the world governing body then reduced the ban to six months.
This has sparked an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Association who have taken the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to demand a two-year suspension.
Despite the ongoing hearing, Peru’s federation confirmed the selection of Guerrero in a short statement on social media.
“FPF team will be traveling to Brazil to visit our selected Paolo Guerrero to take photos of protocol and formal dress measurements for the world Russia 2018,” they wrote.
Peru’s domestic players have been in national team training camp as they prepare for Russia ahead of a farewell game on 28 May against Scotland at Lima's National Stadium.
Peru's preliminary FIFA World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese, José Carvallo, Carlos Caceda
Defenders: Luis Abram, Luis Advíncula, Miguel Araujo, Aldo Corzo, Nilson Loyola, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodríguez, Anderson Santamaría, Miguel Trauco
Midfielders: Pedro Aquino, Wilmer Cartagena, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Sergio Pena, Andy Polo, Renato Tapia, Yoshimar Yotún
Attackers: Paolo Guerrero, André Carrillo, Raul Ruidiaz, Jefferson Farfan
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