Mexico’s Corona travels with team after suffering head injury vs. Israel
MEXICO CITY —
Mexico goalkeeper Jesus Corona did not sustain a major injury in the match against Israel and was able to travel to Texas with El Tri on Thursday ahead of three more World Cup warmup games.
Corona sustained a bruise when his head collided with a leg of defender Francisco Rodriguez during the second half of Mexico’s 3-0 win Wednesday. Corona was carted off the field and taken to a hospital for tests, then returned to the team hotel.
Mexico’s soccer federation said Thursday ”a major injury is ruled out.”
Corona, who started six of Mexico’s 12 World Cup qualifiers last year, arrived on Thursday morning at Mexico City’s international airport wearing a neck brace.
”I feel fine. There’s some pain, but I’m all right,” Corona said. ”At first, I thought that it could be something major, but thank God it wasn’t.”
Corona will miss practice the next two days, according to Hector Gonzalez Inarritu, the head of Mexican national teams.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera said before the injury that Guillermo Ochoa or Alfredo Talavera will play against Ecuador. Ochoa started four qualifiers last year, and Moises Munoz was in goal for the two playoff games against New Zealand.
Mexico plays Ecuador on Saturday in Arlington, Texas, faces Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday night in Chicago and closes its pre-World Cup schedule against Portugal on June 6 at Foxborough, Massachusetts.
El Tri plays Cameroon in its World Cup opener on June 13, meets host Brazil four days later and completes the first round against Croatia on June 23.