Mexico call Wolves’ Raul Jimenez for World Cup qualifiers despite UK travel ban

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Raul Jimenez has been named to Mexico’s 28-player roster for his upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers despite uncertainty over whether the Wolverhampton Wanderers forward can travel due to travel restrictions in courses imposed by the British authorities.

Jimenez is reportedly set to make his first appearance for Mexico since November 2020, but the Premier League said on Tuesday it would support the clubs in their decision not to release players for international matches hosted by the countries of the ” red list “due to the high rates of COVID-19.

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The UK includes Mexico and several South American countries on the ‘red list’, meaning players would be required to undergo a mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine upon return to the UK United and could subsequently miss several club games.

Johan Vasquez (Genoa), Nestor Araujo (Celta Vigo) and Andres Guardado (Real Betis) have also been included in Gerado “Tata” Martino’s squad despite the fact that Italian Serie A and Spanish Liga have also made decisions. similar regarding travel restrictions.

Edson Alvarez (Ajax Amsterdam) and Jesus Corona (FC Porto) round out the European contingent, although Corona is expected to move to AC Milan before the transfer window closes on August 31.

Notable absences include Betis youngster Diego Lainez and Napoli winger Hirving Lozano, both recovering from injuries sustained in their appearances last summer for El Tri.

If Martino were without Jimenez and Vasquez, the Argentine coach would be forced to rely on other options such as striker Henry Martin and defender Cesar Montes, who won bronze for Mexico at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo earlier this summer.

Other members of this Olympic team include Club America trio Guillermo Ochoa, Jorge Sanchez and Sebastian Cordova, Cruz Azul duo Luis Romo and Roberto Alvarado, Alexis Vega and Uriel Antuna de Chivas, and Carlos Rodriguez de Monterrey.

Mexico will host Jamaica on September 2 and travel to Costa Rica and Panama to complete the first round of qualifying.

The Premier League decision is expected to affect Jamaica far more than Mexico, as the Reggae Boyz were expected to bring in players such as Leon Bailey (Aston Villa), Andre Gray (Watford) and Michail Antonio (West Ham United), among others.

All-time top scorer Javier Hernandez, who hasn’t qualified for national service since 2019. Hernandez has scored 10 goals for LA Galaxy in as many league games this season, but has missed his club’s last 11 games due to a calf injury.


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