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Peru midfielder Aquino to miss World Cup qualifiers

27 Jan 2022, 11:05 GMT+10

LIMA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Midfielder Pedro Aquino has withdrawn from Peru's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Ecuador due to foot injury, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) said on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old suffered trauma to the fifth metatarsal of his left foot while playing for Liga MX outfit Club America and will continue his recovery in Mexico.

In a brief statement published on social media, the FPF did not provide further details of the injury, nor did it immediately name a replacement for Aquino.

Peru will meet Colombia in Barranquilla on Friday and Ecuador in Lima next Tuesday.

The Blanquirroja are currently fifth in the 10-team South American qualifying group with four matches remaining.

The top four teams will earn a spot in football's showpiece tournament in Qatar later this year while the fifth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff.

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