Mexico nationwide group head coach Gerardo Martino defined the choice to call Raul Jimenez to the 26-player World Cup roster, after harm considerations surrounded the Wolves determine within the weeks main as much as the squad announcement.
Martino confirmed Jimenez is wholesome, and can function within the group’s remaining pleasant towards Sweden earlier than touring to Qatar to kick off the World Cup marketing campaign.
“The choice about Raul was based mostly on his evolution and what we mentioned with the medical group. He’ll most likely have some minutes tomorrow vs. Sweden,” he stated in a press convention.
Many questioned Jimenez’s well being after a groin/adductor harm despatched him to the sidelines in September. The participant educated individually from Wolves and Mexican teammates for months main as much as the roster announcement, elevating excessive considerations.
Jimenez stood as Martino’s best choice because the group’s quantity 9, trumping Rogelio Funes Mori, Henry Martin and Santiago Gimenez within the hierarchy. He featured in most Concacaf tournaments and the qualifying cycle from 2019 to 2022, barring harm spells.
Although he’s managed 29 objectives in 96 appearances for Mexico, general, his current well being and lack of enjoying time created anxiousness. However after rounds of remedy and rehabilitation, Raul lastly joined Mexico on the pitch in Girona to safe his place on Gerardo Martino’s remaining record.
After Monday’s roster announcement, the eye will now shift to the Sweden warm-up.
“Our proposal would be the similar as all the time: to have the ability to play as we need to play. To have our gamers in the absolute best form,” stated Martino. “Sweden is much like Poland in relation to fast transitions. They are often comparable however not an identical. Tomorrow’s plan is to have our gamers on level.”
El Tri will kick off their World Cup event on November 22 towards Poland, earlier than confronting Group C opponents Argentina and Saudi Arabia.