Mexico striker Raul Jimenez is about to return to the pitch for the primary time because the finish of August in a pre-World Cup pleasant towards Sweden, mentioned supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino.
Jimenez, who has been largely sidelined for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season, was named in Mexico’s roster for the showpiece occasion in Qatar regardless of solely lately recovering from a groin harm that he picked up initially of September.
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“We made the choice based mostly on the progress that Raul Jimenez was making,” Martino instructed reporters. “We simply wanted to understand how he reacted in aggressive coaching, and the response was superb and certainly tomorrow he can have minutes towards Sweden.”
Jimenez and his Mexico teammates will tackle Sweden on the Estadi Montilivi in Girona, Spain, this Wednesday, after beating Iraq 4-0 of their penultimate pleasant earlier than Qatar.
In between the 2 video games, Mexico’s preliminary World Cup squad was whittled down from 30 gamers to the ultimate 26, in the end leaving out Santiago Gimenez, Erick Sanchez, Diego Lainez and Jesus Angulo.
“To the 4 [that were dropped], a deep thanks,” Martino added on Tuesday.
Mexico travels to Qatar on Thursday, and can keep simply north of Doha on the Lodge Simaisma in the course of the event. El Tri start Group C play towards Poland on Nov. 22 earlier than dealing with Argentina and Saudi Arabia.
Winger Jesus “Tecatito” Corona was minimize from the roster on Nov. 8 after being unable to recuperate in time following surgical procedure on a fractured fibula he sustained in August whereas coaching with membership facet Sevilla.