EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (AP) Mexico captain Andres Guardado will miss his country’s Confederations Cup playoff against the United States next month after tests confirmed that he sustained ankle ligament damage last week.
Guardado injured his ankle in the 70th minute of PSV Eindhoven’s surprise 2-1 Champions League defeat of Manchester United on Sept. 15.
PSV said that tests including an MRI scan Monday confirmed the seriousness of the injury and Guardado will be out of action for four-to-six weeks.
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The United States takes on Mexico Oct. 10 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl for a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
Guardado is a big loss for Mexico. The veteran midfielder scored six goals as his team won this year’s CONCACAF Cup, and has 21 goals in 119 international appearances.