The bad news continues for the Tricolor team. Now Tata Martino will not be able to count on the midfielder's participation.
Mexican National Team prepares for the biggest summer tournament and contests the Gold Cup of the Concacaf; a few weeks after starting the competition, the team Gerardo Martino presented a low potential summoned to the team.
Midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro will not participate in the competition since he will miss the preparation games and was notified that he would be officially dismissed. Without giving details of the reasons that led the player to disassociate himself from the national team, the General Sports Directorate shared a statement addressed to all the fans and the media to announce the loss of Pizarro.
"The Sports General Directorate informs that Rodolfo Pizarro causes a drop in the concentration of the Mexican National Team that will play the MexTour preparation matches against Panama and Nigeria."
The information was released on the afternoon of this Sunday, June 17, a few hours after the notification of the absence of Gerardo Arteaga. He will not compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
El Tri explained that Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Efraín Álvarez would assume his place. Even though Álvarez has American nationality, he chose to play with the Tata Martino team and immediately report to the Aztec team's strategist.
Recently there was speculation about the departure of Pizarro since during the Nations League, he had no activity in the semifinal against Costa Rica and in the final of the contest against the United States where the Mexican team was runner-up.
For this reason, there was a lot of talk about his possible departure from the team since, for a long time, he presented an injury that did not allow him to participate in the Nations League tournament and that he was not at his highest competitive level.
The discomfort presented by the Inter Miami player is concentrated in the groin; although the injury occurred previously, he did not fully recover and impaired his performance in MLS ( Major League Soccer ). Nevertheless, despite his irregularity with his team, he was considered by Martino for the Gold Cup.
However, with his participation in the friendlies and the Nations League, Tata would have chosen to replace him with a player in better conditions; in this case, it is Efraín Álvarez.
The Galaxy midfielder appeared as summoned in the list of 60 players heading to the selective for the Gold Cup; in March, he made his appearance in the match against Costa Rica played in Austria.
Later his name stopped appearing on Martino's list. Still, now with the absence of Rodolfo Pizarro, he will be active again with the Tricolor.
In recent days the Mexican team has reported sensitive casualties; both the U-23 and the older are facing a readjustment due to the absences they will have for this summer's competitions.
For the Olympics in Tokyo, Jaime Lozano will have to make up for some absences, the first being José Juan Macías , striker for Chivas de Guadalajara. On June 25, it was reported that he was absent from the friendly preparation matches and would be in doubt for the Olympic Games.
This Sunday, the departure of Gerardo Arteaga from the Tri concentration and his absence in the Olympics was reported, since due to personal problems, he preferred not to participate in the tournament with the U-23. Now Gerardo Martino will try Álvarez in the absence of the Pachuca youth squad.