Guardado out 6 weeks, will miss playoff vs. USMNT

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The Mexican national team will be without its captain, midfielder Andres Guardado, when El Tri takes the field in front of 90,000 screaming Mexico and United States fans at the Rose Bowl next month.

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When Mexico and the U.S. national team face off on Oct. 10, CONCACAF’s place in the 2017 Confederations Cup will be on the line, but the ankle ligament damaged suffered by Guardado in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League victory over Manchester United will keep the PSV Eindhoven winger on the sidelines for up to six weeks, according to a report by Dutch newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad.

For the non-Dutch speakers among us, that first sentence loosely translates to “Andres Guardado is out for six weeks.” Guardado featured for Mexico in their most recently friendly, a 2-2 draw with Argentina on Sept. 8, which would seem to indicate that interim manager Ricardo Ferretti indeed intended to select the 28-year-old winner of the 2015 Gold Cup Golden Ball (six goals scored).

Guardado’s absence could open up a spot for LA Galaxy superstar Giovani dos Santos, who was surprisingly left out of Ferretti’s first Mexico squad since taking over the post on a temporary basis Aug. 20.

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On the other side of the Oct. 10 showdown, the USMNT have injury woes of their own. Fabian Johnson and Timothy Chandler went down with mid-term injuries last month. On Thursday, Greg Garza’s Liga MX club, Atlas, confirmed the 24-year-old left back will have hip surgery and miss four to five months, leaving Jurgen Klinsmann dangerously thin at either full back spot.