Martino, with little time to evaluate Jiménez and Tecatito – David Medrano


Not knowing exactly when Raúl Jiménez and Jesús ‘Tecatito’ Corona will be able to be in Girona caused concern in the coaching staff of the Mexican national team, since the plan is for them to be in Spain from the first day of work until the end to follow their evolution. Raúl was told by Wolverhampton that he had to return to the club’s headquarters to be assessed by the club’s medical staff, and in the case of Tecatito, they were unable to reach an agreement with Sevilla for him to be released. According to the regulations of FIFA, clubs have an obligation to release players after November 13, which would allow Martin to have them just days before the final roster is announced. Jaime Ordiales has traveled with the team to Girona to continue negotiations and they are hoping that at least Jiménez will be able to report this week.


Professional staff Mexican team could not watch the match between Saudi Arabia and Honduras, since the Arabs, knowing that Argentina, Poland and Mexico were watching them, decided to play behind closed doors and did not allow the presence of personnel they do not recognize, and it seems that Next week when they will meet with Panama in Abu Dhabi will repeat the same formula, in order not to analyze them more deeply. His farewell match will be on November 16 against Croatia in Riyadh and he will be there behind the scenes, as will Gustavo Dezotti, the man Martino chose to follow the Arabs.


The defender of FC Los Angeles, Tony Leone, was excluded from being part of the sparring team that will follow the Mexican team first in the preparatory phase, and then in Catarrh. Leone has dual citizenship and is followed by the United States and Mexico, but the Aztec team has an advantage since they have had him in different concentrations with smaller teams, for this reason it was considered to bring him to the group of said young people as a sparring partner, however, the arrival of Los Angeles FC in the MLS final complicated the situation and in the end it was decided that the young man would not travel and stay with the club from Los Angeles.


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