Mexico boss Gerardo Martino is hopeful Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona will recover from injury in October so that the Sevilla winger can make his team for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

Corona will miss El Tri’s final fixtures ahead of the Fifa tournament this month after the 29-year-old fractured his fibula in August. He also tore ligaments in his left ankle, and required surgery for the damage suffered during training with a metal plate screwed into the fibula.

Sevilla expected an initial lay-off of between four and five months due to the nature of the injury Corona suffered. It ruled the 71-cap forward out after just the opening match of the La Liga season, in which he played for an hour but could not help avoid a defeat at Osasuna.

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Martino is keen to see Corona return from injury at the earliest point Sevilla’s doctors feel is possible, so that he can get some game time under his belt ahead of the World Cup with Mexico. The Tri boss said, via quotes by Marca, ahead of fixtures with Peru and Colombia:

“He is undergoing rehabilitation in Seville according to the doctors. The aspiration we have is that in the first days of October have the option of fighting for a place in the World Cup.”

Corona injury offers Mexico forwards chance to show World Cup credentials

Mexico play their final games before the 2022 Qatar World Cup with friendlies against Peru and Colombia. El Tri face La Blanquirroja at the Rose Bowl this Sunday, September 25 at 02:00 BST before facing Los Cafeteros at Levi’s Stadium on Wednesday, 28 at 03:00 BST.

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Their September squad marks a rare international camp without Corona, due to the right-forward’s injury. He has been a firm fixture of the Mexico set-up for a number of years and can offer Martino a creative presence in Qatar after hitting 10 goals and 10 assists to date.

Mexico’s other attacking options will now try to use Corona’s injury to show Martino why he should take them to Qatar for the World Cup instead of the Sevilla star, though. The North American country will take on Argentina, Poland and Saudi Arabia during Group C.

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