Injury worry for Peru

Three weeks out from their World Cup qualifier against the All Whites, Peru might have a major injury worry.

Their star striker Paolo Guerrero left the field in the 66th minute of Flamengo's 4-1 win over Bahia in the Brazilian Serie A on Friday (NZ time), with apparent discomfort in his left hamstring.

He was pictured earlier in the match grabbing at the back of his left thigh.

A statement from Flamengo said Guerrero was set to undergo scans to determine the extent of his injury.

Flamengo next play on Monday and then have four more games before the international window, which begins on November 6, with the first leg of the home-and-away playoff on November 11 in Wellington.

Guerrero was set to miss Flamengo's next match anyway, after picking up a yellow card in the win over Bahia that earned him a suspension.

If Guerrero's injury turns out to be serious, it would be a major loss for Peru. He scored five goals for them during South American qualifying.

The Peruvians already have one injury concern, after Renato Tapia suffered an injury playing for Feyenoord in the Dutch Eredivise last weekend.

Peru are set to name their squad for the matches against the All Whites on Saturday morning.



Photo by: GUADALUPE PARDO/REUTERS (Caption: Peru striker Paolo Guerrero left the field with an apparent hamstring injury during a club match on Thursday. (File Photo)