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No ‘Tecatito’ in Qatar
Mexico winger Jesus “Tecatito” Corona will miss the World Cup after failing to recover from an ankle injury, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) said on Tuesday.
Corona, who has scored 10 goals in 71 appearances for Mexico, underwent surgery after fracturing his left ankle while training with Sevilla in August.
Mexico coach Gerardo Martino, who named Corona in his 31-man preliminary squad for Qatar, travelled to Seville earlier this month to asses Corona’s fitness after Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli said the 29-year-old would not be fit for the finals.
The Mexican medical staff were hopeful “Tecatito” could join Mexico’s training camp on Nov. 14 or 15 despite the LaLiga club saying he would only return in December.
“After the relevant communication between Gerardo Martino and Jesus Manuel Corona, the player will not be able to be integrated into the Mexico squad for the Qatar 2022 World Cup,” FMF said via a statement.