The attacking midfielder was left out of the starting XI used by Luis Fernando Tena in his final training sessions prior to Mexico's match against South Korea.
Record reports that Tena trained this Wednesday at the Newcastle University facilities with an altered 4-4-2 formation. The updated strategy did not feature Giovani dos Santos in the starting mix, fueling speculation that the Tottenham player will not get the starting nod in El Tri's opening match against South Korea.
With less than a day to go before facing the Taegeuk Warriors, Tena sent out Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona in goal, Darvin Chavez as a left back, Diego Reyes and Hiram Mier as the two center backs, and Israel Jimenez on the right side of defense.
The midfield would be made up by Carlos Salcido, Hector Herrera, Javier Aquino and Miguel Ponce taking up Gio's starting spot.
Up front, the duo comprised by Oribe Peralta and Marco Fabian remained unchanged.
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