Mexico's roster continues to fluctuate ahead of Saturday's CONCACAF Cup playoff vs. the USA.
Integral central midfielder Jose Juan "Gallito" Vazquez is the latest injury casualty for El Tri, joining Giovani Dos Santos on the sidelines with muscle injuries in both legs, Mexico's federation announced Tuesday night. Andres Guardado and Rafa Marquez had been injured in the build-up to the showdown at the Rose Bowl, but both veterans were able to overcome their ailments in time to make Mexico's final 23-man roster.
Midfielder Carlos Pena was not as lucky, unable to overcome a bout of plantar fasciitis in time to make Mexico's final squad after being part of the 25-player group Mexico unveiled last Thursday night.
Javier Guemez was called in to replace Dos Santos, who the Mexican federation said would be out for the next three weeks–something that impacts the LA Galaxy's MLS Supporters' Shield quest but should have the summer signing back in time for the playoffs.
Vazquez's Club León teammate, Elias Hernandez, will replace him on the roster for Saturday's match, which determines which CONCACAF power advances to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Mexico's roster now looks like:
GOALKEEPERS: Moisés Muñoz (América), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)
DEFENDERS: Rafael Márquez (Hellas Verona), Diego Reyes (Real Sociedad), Héctor Moreno (PSV), José Arturo Rivas (Tigres), Paul Aguilar (América), Israel Jiménez (Tigres), Miguel Layún (Porto), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres)
MIDFIELDERS: Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal), Héctor Herrera (Porto), Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), Andrés Guardado (PSV), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesús Corona (Porto), Javier Guemez (América), Elias Hernandez (León)
FORWARDS: Javier Hernández (Bayer Leverkusen), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Oribe Peralta (América), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica)