Friday, March 21, 2008
Vela may be playing in London next week
Carlos Vela has been called up for the Mexico national team by coach Hugo Sanchez. They are due to play a friendly game against Essien’s Ghana at Fulham’s Craven Cottage next Wednesday 26th March.
Carlos has impressed recently with his very good performances for Osasuna in the Spanish league where he is an ever present on the team sheet for coach José Ángel Ziganda.
He will leave Pamplona to join his fellow teammates for London after Osasuna’s home clash against Real Betis next Sunday 23rd March.
However he will have to shrug off a thigh injury he picked up during Osasuna’s goalless away draw against Valladolid.
There is some hope for him to make the Sunday game against Betis as there has been some improvement in the muscle injury, which carried into this week.
He has not taken part in training today with the medical staff preferring for him to train individually. Ziganda will wait till the last moment before he names his squad for the very important game against Betis in the struggle for survival in La Liga.
Hugo Sanchez has called up ten players from the leagues of Spain, England, Germany, Netherlands and Turkey.
Among them Nery Castillo of Manchester City and another young sensation, Barcelona’s Giovani Dos Santos who himself is also carrying an injury. He is pictured below shaking Sanchez's hand.
List of players invited for the friendly with Ghana:
Goalkeepers: Oswaldo Sanchez (Santos Laguna), Moises Munoz (Morelia), Jose de Jesus Corona (Tecos).
Defenders: Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven-NED), Ricardo Osorio (Stuttgart, GER), Aaron Galindo (Eintracht Frankfurt-GER), Fausto Pinto (Pachuca), Israel Castro (Pumas) and Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul).
Midfielders: Pavel Pardo (Stuttgart-GER), Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruna-ESP), Fernando Arce (Santos Laguna), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Antonio Naelson (Toluca).
Strikers: Carlos Vela (Arsenal - Osasuna), Antonio de Nigris (Ankaraspor-TUR), Nery Castillo (Manchester City-ENG), Juan Carlos Cacho (Pachuca), Adolfo Bautista (Chiapas), Guillermo Franco (Villareal), and Giovani Dos Santos (Barcelona - ESP).