Raul Jimenez has been named to Mexico’s 28-player list for its upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches despite uncertainly over whether the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker can travel due to ongoing travel restrictions by British authorities.
Jimenez would be set to make his first appearance for Mexico since Nov. 2020, but the Premier League stated on Tuesday it would support clubs in their decision not to release players for international matches hosted by “red list” countries due high rates of COVID-19.
The United Kingdom includes Mexico and several countries from South America on the “red list,” meaning players would be required to a mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine on return to the UK and could subsquently miss several club matches.
Johan Vasquez (Genoa), Nestor Araujo (Celta Vigo) and Andres Guardado (Real Betis) have also been included in Gerado “Tata” Martino’s squad despite Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s LaLiga having also made similar decisions over travel restrictions.
Edson Alvarez (Ajax Amsterdam) and Jesus Corona (FC Porto) round out the European contingent although Corona is rumored to make a move to AC Milan before the transfer window closes on Aug. 31.
Notable absences include Betis youngster Diego Lainez and Napoli winger Hirving Lozano, both recovering from injuries sustained from their summer earlier appearances for El Tri.
Should Martino be without Jimenez and Vasquez, the Argentine coach would be forced to rely on other options such as forward Henry Martin and defender Cesar Montes, who won bronze for Mexico at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo earlier this summer.
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