Mexico send physical therapist to evaluate Andres Guardado
Mexico have sent national team physical therapist Carlos Pecanha to PSV Eindhoven to evaluate the ankle injury of midfielder Andres Guardado and determine whether the 28-year-old can recover in time for the Oct. 10 CONCACAF Cup against the United States.
El Tri team captain Guardado injured his ankle during last week's 2-1 Champions League victory over Manchester United after being forced to come off in the second half following a foul from United defender Chris Smalling.
PSV on Monday announced that the injury would take four to six weeks to heal.
"PSV will play for the next 4 to 6 weeks without Andres Guardado. The Mexican has suffered damage to the ligaments in his left ankle," the club said in a statement.
The Mexico federation said on Monday that they coordinated Pecanha's visit with the Eredivisie club with the goal of "speeding up his recovery so that he may be taken into account for the vital match against the United States."
Mexico got more bad news on Tuesday after Serie A club Hellas Verona confirmed that veteran defender Rafa Marquez will miss up to one month because of an injury to his right thigh.
Mexico and the United States meet on Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, in a single game playoff to determine CONCACAF's representative to the 2017 Confederations Cup.