Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has named his squad to face Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualification but was unable to include Giovani dos Santos, Jesus "Tecatito" Corona or Hirving Lozano because of injuries.
LA Galaxy star Dos Santos tweaked his right hamstring in the first half of the MLS side's loss to the Portland Timbers on Sunday while Corona and Lozano suffered injuries earlier in the month. Frankfurt midfielder Marco Fabian also misses the squad because of a lingering hip problem that has kept him out most of 2017.
Mexico's attack won't be entirely without star power, though. Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is fit and ready to go, as is Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela, who returned to action with a full 90 minutes last weekend after a knee issue had his status in doubt.
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Osorio also called Tigres winger Jurgen Damm, America forward Oribe Peralta, Pumas winger Jesus Gallardo andLeon's Elias Hernandez as domestic-based attackers.
And Dos Santos' brother Jonathan, a central midfielder who is in fine form with Villarreal, is back in the team looking to reprise his starting role in Mexico's draw with Panama. PSV stars Andres Guardadoand Hector Moreno also are fit and likely to start against the Ticos.
El Tri sits second in the CONCACAF qualification table, behind Costa Rica, which is off to a perfect start to the Hex after two games.
Mexico will open its camp March 19 in Mexico City before traveling to Cuernavaca, where it will train ahead of the March 24 game with Costa Rica.
Goalkeepers:Guillermo Ochoa (Granada),Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul),Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders:Carlos Salcedo(Fiorentina), Diego Reyes (Espanyol), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hector Moreno (PSV), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas), MiguelLayun (Porto), Luis Reyes (Atlas)
Midfielders:Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Hector Herrera (Porto), Andres Guardado (PSV), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas), Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Luis Montes (Leon), Elias Hernandez (Leon)
Forwards:Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Raul JImenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen)