City's Copa America: Rocky on a mission
- 28 June 2011 15:39
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Roque Santa Cruz will be aiming to put a disappointing domestic season behind him as Paraguay bid to build on their World Cup exploits in the Copa America.
Rocky's loan spell back at his former club Blackburn failed to produce a goal as he battled a combination of bad luck and injury to try and recapture his old Ewood Park form.
But he was on target earlier this month in a warm-up match against Romania, heading the second goal of a 2-0 victory after 29 minmutes before making way for Pablo Zeballos in the second half.
His touch was not quite so lethal in the final warm-up against Chile last week, steering his best chance just over the bar in the first half of a goalless draw in Asuncion.
Santa Cruz is not expected to return to Blackburn next month and will have good reason to open his account in Paraguay's first Group B match against Felipe Caicedo's Ecuador in Santa Fe on Sunday.
Twelve teams will compete for the glittering prize, which starts on Friday, with Brazil - winners of the last two tournaments - aiming for a hat-trick at great rivals Argentina's expense.