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Guerrero misses friendly following panic attack

  • Reuters, Tuesday, September 6, 2011 3:54 PM

Hamburg's Peruvian striker, Paolo Guerrero, who has a well-documented fear of flying, missed the German club's friendly Saturday in Switzerland against FC Lucerne after becoming so tense on the flight that he cramped up and suffered a thigh muscle injury.

“We know about Paolo’s fear of flying,” Hamburg coach Michael Oenning. “He became cramped up in his seat and suffered a stiffening of the muscles. I think Paolo will get fit quickly and should play at the weekend against Werder Bremen.”

Guerrero, who was the top scorer at the 2011 Copa America, boarded and got off a plane four times in Lima last year before returning to Germany.

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