Andres Guardado gives Mexico injury update ahead of Saudi Arabia clash

Lizzy Becherano
Andres Guardado gives injury update ahead of Saudi Arabia clash.
Andres Guardado gives injury update ahead of Saudi Arabia clash. / Eric Alonso/GettyImages

Mexican national team captain Andres Guardado gave an injury update, after exiting the match early against Argentina on Saturday in the 40th minute..

The player explained he suffered a 'knock' during the game that forced an early substitution, but assured his availability against Saudi Arabia. 

"Physically I'm good. Unfortunately, I had a knock there against Argentina that wouldn't let me continue, but I'm doing very well and I'm available for Tata [Martino] tomorrow," said the midfielder.

El Tri must now prepare for the must-win match against Saudi Arabia, to avoid being eliminated from a World Cup in the group stage for the first time in 44 years.

Mexico currently sits in last place of the Group C standings, with just one point from the 0-0 draw against Poland. In order to qualify for the Round of 16, Mexico must defeat Saudi Arabia and hope for a desirable result in the match between Argentina and Poland. 

Should Poland win, Mexico would go through with any victory over Saudi Arabia. If Argentina triumph, goal differential would come into play, forcing Mexico to score at least three goals on Wednesday. 

"The topic of goals is something that obviously worries us," explained Guardado. "You need goals to win, but what worries us more is how we can achieve it. That's true, that's what we are missing. Creating goal scoring opportunities.''

Mexico has qualified for the Round of 16 in their past seven World Cup appearances, raising the stakes for 2022. The team last remained in the tournament’s group stage in 1978, losing against Poland, West Germany and Tunisia.