Chivas’ Fabian a doubt for El Tri qualifiers

The 23-year-old forward could miss Mexico's matchups against Honduras and the United States after spraining ligaments in his knee.
Chivas forward Marco Fabian is battling to be fit for Mexico’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and the United States later this month.

Fabian sprained ligaments in his knee in a training ground incident last Thursday and is set to be out for between 2-3 weeks, according to Chivas team doctor Rafael Ortega.

“He’s begun a rehabilitation program and we’re talking two to three weeks before he returns to the pitch,” announced Ortega on Monday. “We’re thinking we may have him for the game against Tigres (on March 16).”

The news is a blow for the club sitting in ninth place in the Liga MX, outside the playoff places.

The 23-year-old has been in scintillating form so far this season, scoring four goals in eight games and being at the heart of most of the positives that have come from Benjamin Galindo’s team.

Fabian was thought to be a shoe-in for a call up to Mexico’s vital qualifiers against Honduras (away, March 22) and the United States (home, March 26) and would’ve been a possible starter with Carlos Vela still on the outside of the squad.

The Guadalajara native is definitely out of Chivas’ game this Sunday against Pachuca and will hope to get minutes against Tigres the following weekend to prove his fitness to El Tri coach Jose Manuel de la Torre.