Veteran defender Rafa Marquez will miss Mexico vs. U.S. playoff
Mexico defender Rafa Marquez is expected to miss a month of action including Mexico’s crucial CONCACAF match against the United States on Oct. 10 after sustaining an injury to the adductor muscle in his right leg, Hellas Verona F.C. confirmed Tuesday.
Marquez, 36, injured his right thigh while playing against Atalanta on Sunday.
Compatriot midfielder Andres Guardado is also expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with an ankle injury. Guardado and Marquez have combined for 246 international appearances.
Marquez played for Mexico in its opening game at the Copa America in Chile, but was unable to play the remainder of El Tri's games due to a left leg injury. He was not part of Mexico's Gold Cup-winning squad.
Mexico will take on the United States at the Rose Bowl next month to determine which team will represent CONCACAF at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Christopher Chavez