Mexico loses an important figure for the rest of the Copa América

INGLEWOOD-. The America Cup It is officially over for Edson Álvarez. The captain of the national team Mexico announced on Tuesday night that the injury he suffered to his left leg on Saturday against Jamaica will keep him out of the continental tournament.

“Machín” Álvarez suffered the injury 28 minutes into the match against the Jamaicans, when he was trying to stop an attack in three quarters of the field. The midfielder left the NRG Stadium field on the verge of tears.

The West Ham United midfielder in recovery traveled from Houston to Los Angeles where he underwent tests on Tuesday that confirmed coach Jaime Lozano’s worst fears.

“Unfortunately my participation in the Copa América came to an end, it is a hard blow for me because I had the hope of being with my teammates, but these are things that happen and I will have to learn and grow from all this,” Álvarez said in a video broadcast by the Mexican team.

Luis Romo is emerging as his replacement for the match against Venezuela. The Monterrey midfielder replaced Álvarez against Jamaica and provided an assist for a goal.

Álvarez, 26, took over as captain after the absence of goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who was relegated in this call, in which Lozano said he preferred to see other players for the 2026 World Cup.

The player said that although he is injured and will not be able to play in the Copa América, he will remain with the Mexican team for the remainder of the tournament.

“I have made the decision to stay with the team until the end to support and encourage them, even though I will have to do so off the pitch,” said Álvarez. “I will begin my rehabilitation to return as soon as possible.”

Mexico faces Venezuela this Wednesday for the second date of Group B. A victory would bring El Tri closer to qualifying for the second round.