Gerardo Martino on the withdrawal of Tecatito Corona: “He directly told me that he was not in a position”

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The Mexican squad confirmed the withdrawal of the skilled soccer player for Qatar 2022, who was unable to recover in time from a serious injury he suffered last August

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Gerardo Martino on discharge from Tecatito Corona: “He directly told me that he was not in conditions”

Gerardo Martino on the absence of Tecatito Corona: “He directly told me that he was not fit” (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

This morning the Mexican Federation de Fútbol has made it official that Jesús Manuel Corona will not be considered for the national team that will participate in the Qatar 2022 World Cupbecause its recovery process has not been completed. Given this, the coach Gerardo Martino maintained that there was no point in continuing to wait and see when the outlook was clear.

In a press conference, the Argentine coach gave details about the communication he had with the Sevilla player and assured that it was the same Tecatitowho said that he did not feel ready nor did he think he was ready for the World Cup. Thus, Martino's task of reducing the summoned list from 31 to 26 has one less “obstacle”.

“The decision < /b>It is taken because we have had a triple communication with Jesús, we have spoken with the doctor, the physical trainer and myself, and where he directly told me that he was not in a position to fight for a place because he still he is not, a week from giving the list, not even doing field work”, confessed Tata.

Gerardo Martino on discharge from Tecatito Corona: “He directly told me that he was not in conditions”

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The declarations take place one week before the deadline imposed by FIFA for the 32 participating teams to officially present the final list of their players who will attend. For this reason, Martino added: “Then obviously it did not make much sense to continue dilating a definition which also brings with it many conjectures and comments”.

The Mexican picture He is concentrated in Girona, Spain, where he will face two preparation games before embarking on the trip to Qatar. First they will face Iraqthis Wednesday (November 9 at 2:00 p.m.) and exactly one later it will be measured against Sweden (November 16 at 1:30 p.m.).

Martino ended with the topic: “I am on the side of those who understand that it is a setback to stop competing in those instances and places, the level of competition was important. There is another context on the business side that I do not know, perhaps that is the justification that he cannot compete at the club level and in competitions that made him grow a lot.”

Tecatito Corona suffered a ruptured fibula and tore the ligament in his left ankle in mid-August during training with his club prior to the second day of the Spanish championship. The player underwent immediate surgery and although the expectation for his recovery has increased in recent weeks, it was finally confirmed that he will miss the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Gerardo Martino on discharge from Tecatito Corona: “He directly told me that he was not in conditions”

Gerardo Martino on the absence of Tecatito Corona: “He directly told me that he was not in a position” OBLIGATED CREDIT USA TODAY/Orlando Ramírez

The 31* chosen by Martino

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (América), Alfredo Talavera (FC Juárez) and Rodolfo Cota (León)

Defenders: Kevin Álvarez (Pachuca), Jesús Angulo (Tigres ), Néstor Araújo (America), Gerardo Arteaga (Genk), Jesús Gallardo (Monterrey), Héctor Moreno (Monterrey), César Montes (Monterrey), Jorge Sánchez (Ajax) and Johan Vásquez (Cremonese).

Midfielders: Edson Álvarez (Ajax), Roberto Alvarado (Guadalajara), Uriel Antuna (Cruz Azul), Luis Chávez (Pachuca), Andrés Guardado (Real Betis), Erik Gutiérrez ( PSV), Héctor Herrera (Houston), Diego Lainez (Sporting Braga), Orbelín Pineda (AEK Atenas), Carlos Rodríguez (Cruz Azul), Luis Romo (Monterrey) and Erik Sánchez (Pachuca).

Forwards: Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Santiago Giménez (Feyenoord), Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton), Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Henry Martín (América) and Alexis Vega (Chivas).

*Jesús Corona (Seville) was left out of this prelist of e official form.