Illness forces Osorio’s return to Mexico

Illness has forced Ricardo Osorio to leave the Mexico national

team and return to Monterrey for treatment, the Mexican Football

Federation announced late Monday.

Osorio has recently complained of pain in his urinary tract, and

with a family history of prostate disease, Mexico’s technical and

medical staff decided to take no chances in treating the

31-year-old’s illness.

The defender, who joined Monterrey from

Bundesliga club Stuttgart last year, was not selected in

coach Jose Manuel de la Torre’s bench for Mexico’s Gold Cup opener

against El Salvador.

El Tri would go on to win the match, defeating the

Salvadorans 5-0 on Sunday in Dallas.

Osorio had been treated for similar symptoms earlier in camp

before returning to training. On Monday, Osorio reported renewed

pain, leading to his return to Mexico.

Mexican federation spokesman Hector Gonzalez Inarritu expressed

hope the

Rayado would make a quick return to the team.

Osorio has been capped 82 times by

El Tri, making appearances at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

As a 23-year-old, Osorio was a member of the Mexico team that won

the 2003 Gold Cup.

Mexico’s next match in this year’s Gold Cup is on Thursday, in

Charlotte, against Cuba.