According to a report from Dutch newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad, Mexican captain and midfielder Andrés Guardado will miss El Tri’s crucial October 10 CONCACAF Cup match against the United States, after sustaining a bad ankle injury following a tough tackle from Chris Smalling during PSV’s Champions League victory over Manchester United this past Tuesday.
Severe ligament damage was found upon subsequent scans of the 28-year-old’s ankle, which will keep him sidelined for up to six weeks.
Guardado’s efforts in Mexico’s Gold Cup run this summer won him Golden Ball accolades. He was welcomed back to PSV like a king:
— PSV (@PSV) July 31, 2015
He has 21 strikes to his name in 119 appearances for El Tri, but above all, he’s been playing some of the best fútbol of his career as of late. Guardado created a total of 20 scoring opportunities over the course of the Gold Cup – the highest total in the tournament – and was equally productive on the defensive end of things: he was fifth in defensive recoveries and seventh in successful tackles. All of this at a time when others looked poised to lead Mexico to victory.
The following midfielders were included in Mexico’s 35-player provisional roster: Israel Jiménez (Tigres/Mexico); José Juan Vázquez (León/Mexico); Jesús Dueñas (Tigres/Mexico); Javier Aquino (Tigres/Mexico); Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Luis Montes (León/Mexico); Carlos Peña (León/Mexico); Javier Güemez (Club América/Mexico); and, of course, Andrés Guardado.