Mexico will welcome back a pair of players but traveled to Honduras without three others, including starter Ricardo Osorio.
Mexico will see Carlos Vela and Carlos Salcido back after serving their suspensions, but not everything is good news for Mexico. Yet again Mexico will have to face adversity as Ricardo Osorio, Edgar Castillo, and Giovani Dos Santos will all be missing the game against Honduras.
Osorio will be out due to the stomach flu; Giovani Dos Santos could not recover form the injury received while playing at Ipswich; and Edgar Castillo just lost his passport. Although both Dos Santos and Castillo did not see any minutes against Costa Rica, Osorio did and he was a key part in the Mexican defense.
"Unfortunately we have our down times," defender Aaron Galindo said. "Fortunately for the Mexican team we are rich in players and talent and that has shown when the formations have changed. "
Indeed the Mexican are rich in talent they also showed that with their win against Costa Rica. They did not count with the services from Salcido, Vela, Rafael Marquez, and Dos Santos. All of the players stepped up to fill the void, especially the defenders who just had the experience of Osorio to guide them.
On a positive note El Tris will have Salcido back. They will also have Vela up front and will probably bring more possession up top. El Tri have taken a more offensive approach on their last two games and should diminish the loss of Osorio as Andres Guardado indicated.
"The moment for Mexico is ideal because we are motivated and working together. We have not had good results as visitors and you could say that is not our strong point. But we are going to take that monkey off our back as well," Guardado said.
For Mexico manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, it would have been nice to have seen "Gio" at least get some minutes in. It would have been a different tempo if he and Guardado were working the wings. For Castillo though it was just a case of what if - if for some reason the midfield saw an onslaught of injuries then he might have played. It might just be he's not responsible enough as he lost his passport.
El Tricolor will be down some players again and will be the visitors. Although Mexico has shown depth they have yet to impress away from home. This will be another test for Mexico.
Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com