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Mexico face Venezuela in key Copa America clash amid injury woes

Luis Romo, who stepped in for Alvarez and contributed to Gerardo Arteaga's match-winning goal, is tipped to start for 'El Tri' against Venezuela.
Last Updated : 26 June 2024, 03:36 IST

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Mexico is set to square off against Venezuela in a crucial Copa America Group B encounter on Wednesday in Inglewood, California, where they could be without skipper Edson Alvarez following a hamstring injury.

The West Ham midfielder collapsed clutching his hamstring in the 30th minute of Mexico's 1-0 victory over Jamaica on Saturday, leaving the pitch in tears.

Despite manager Jaime Lozano not officially ruling out Alvarez, hinting at further tests on Tuesday, he acknowledged the need for other seasoned squad members to step up.

"I think we have many leaders," Lozano told reporters.

"Of course, it is a hard hit to lose your captain in the first match in the tournament such as this one. But I think the team became stable very fast (against Jamaica). They gave a great performance."

Luis Romo, who stepped in for Alvarez and contributed to Gerardo Arteaga's match-winning goal, is tipped to start for 'El Tri' against Venezuela.

Mexico, who are playing their 11th Copa America, hold the record for the most appearances by any guest nation at the South American tournament.

As co-hosts of the 2026 World Cup, Mexico have earned automatic qualification, making this edition of the Copa America a significant part of their preparations.

"It is the most similar tournament to a World Cup for us," Lozano said.

"CONMEBOL has three world champions. There's a reason for that."

Top spot in the group is up for grabs in Wednesday's clash after Venezuela managed a 2-1 comeback win against 10-man Ecuador in their opening match on Saturday.

Venezuela's second-half comeback was spearheaded by goals from Jhonder Cadiz and Eduard Bello, with veteran striker Salomon Rondon providing the assist and playing a part in the build-up to the second goal.

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Published 26 June 2024, 03:36 IST

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