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Hamburg striker panicked in plane and sustained injury

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hamburg striker Paolo Guerrero has sustained a thigh injury because his fear of flying is so great he pulled a muscle while sitting in his seat.

Hamburg striker Paolo Guerrero has a well-documented fear of flying
Hamburg striker Paolo Guerrero has a well-documented fear of flying

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The Peruvian, who has a well-documented phobia of flying, suffered a panic attack while flying with the squad to Switzerland for a friendly match.

He became so tense on the flight that he aggravated an old thigh injury and was left out of the team for Saturday's 2-2 draw against FC Luzern.

"We know about Paolo's fear of flying," coach Michael Oenning told German media. "He became cramped up in his seat and suffered a stiffening of the muscles."

The 27-year-old delayed his return to Germany from Peru several times early last year because he simply couldn't bring himself to get on the plane.

He boarded and got off a plane on four occasions in Lima before finally making it at the fifth attempt.

Since then, he has had treatment and appeared to be getting over the problem.

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