With the World Cup still half a year away, there’s plenty of time to heal from injuries and get the body right after tweaking things during the club season.
And yet, there will still be some concern among Mexico fans.
Team captain Andres Guardado suffered a hamstring tear, his club Real Betis confirmed on Monday, and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. That’s nothing to write home about when it comes to preparing for the big tournament, but with Guardado 31 years old and struggling with injuries in recent years, Mexico fans will be keenly aware that hamstring injuries can return with a vengeance if not given the right time to heal.
Guardado has shown his age in recent times, not necessarily with his play on the field, which has been critical to his country, but with his fitness. Guardado has just four full 90 minute performances for Mexico dating back to October of 2016, missing time with ankle, leg, and now hamstring injuries in that span.
The 31-year-old has had a fine season so far for Real Betis, scoring one goal and assisting six while appearing in all 15 La Liga matches for the club thus far. The club sits 12th in the La Liga table with 18 points.
Guardado will be fine with plenty of time to spare, but if not fully healed properly, there’s always the risk that muscle injuries can flare back up, and Mexico fans will hope that their captain’s club gives him plenty of rest to recover.
One of the best players in Mexican history is headed back to La Liga.
Andres Guardado, 30, has been linked with moves to MLS and Liga MX for some time, but instead is swapping PSV Eindhoven for Real Betis on a reported three-year deal.
His new club finished 15th in La Liga this past season, moving Guardado from the UEFA Champions League to aiming to surprise in Spain.
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Guardado played as a deep-lying midfielder in the Netherlands, but spent previous season as a primarily left-sided player from back up to wing.
He’s made 149 appearances in La Liga during his career, scoring 13 goals to go with 21 assists. He’s been capped 139 times by Mexico.
An opponent from Serie A has emerged as a potential blip in the plans of Los Angeles FC.
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According to Sky Sports Italia, Sampdoria is looking to sign LA FC target and Dutch international Wesley Sneijder as the 33-year-old contemplates the next stage of his career.
Reports earlier in the week declared that LA FC had tabled an offer of $3.5 million per season for Sneijder as the 2018 expansion side looks to establish some momentum heading into its inaugural season.
The veteran Dutchman currently plays for Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray — where he’s played since joining the club in 2013 from Inter Milan.
LA FC is seeking its first Designated Player signing and major move to welcome the club to MLS next season. Reports surfaced earlier in June suggesting the Los Angeles side was closing in on a move for Mexican international Andres Guardado, however, no deal has been struck to this point.
Los Angeles FC is ready to join Major League Soccer next season, and the soon-to-be newest Western Conference side is preparing to make a splash in California.
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ESPN is reporting that LA FC has signed Mexican international and PSV Eindhoven midfielder Andres Guardado to a four-year contract.
The club has not confirmed the move yet, however, Guardado would become LA FC’s third player to join the roster ahead of their expansion move.
Guardado has had a successful career for both club and country, spending the last 10 seasons in Europe with various clubs. The 30-year-old Mexico native first moved to Europe in 2007 after joining La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna from childhood Liga MX club Atlas.
In 133 career appearances for El Tri, Guardado has tallied 24 international goals for his country and has appeared at three separate FIFA World Cups to date.
Atlanta United is adding MLS experience to its high-flying international acquisitions.
The expansion side is set to acquire Michael Parkhurst from the Columbus Crew, according to a report from The Sporting News.
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Parkhurst, 32, has been a fixture for the Crew since returning to MLS after stints with Nordsjælland and FC Augsburg. The 25-times capped American defender would join a relatively loaded expansion unit that reportedly will also add veteran Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Unfortunately for Atlanta, it seems the first-year club’s hopes of landing Mexican star Andres Guardado are fading.
From Ives Galarcep for The Sporting News:
The club has one remaining designated player slot it is expected to fill ahead of its inaugural 2017 season, but transfer target Andres Guardado appears less likely to be the player to fill that slot, sources have told Goal USA.
The Crew was a massive disappointment last season, failing to make the playoffs one season after making a run to the MLS Cup Final. Is Parkhurst a good gamble for Atlanta?