Santos Laguna forward Oribe Peralta is set to miss Friday’s game against Atlas due to overwork caused in part by extra training sessions this week with Mexico’s national team, according to coach Pedro Caixinha.
The Portuguese manager railed against Peralta’s involvement in El Tri’s extra sessions in Mexico City, indicating the Olympic gold medal winner needs rest.
“He told us he is super exhausted,” said Caixinha in Torreon. “A player like that needs rest.”
Caixinha went on to suggest that the Mexican national team is the only one in the world that met up a week ahead of next week’s FIFA date, albeit with only domestic-based players. The coach seemed worried about the workload of the striker, especially with Los Guerreros involved in the Copa Libertadores.
“If you have the responsibilities of the (club) team, the weight of the national team, the travel and publicity, it is going to create overwork and players aren’t made of iron, they have their limits,” said Caixinha, who added that in March and April people will see the best of Peralta.
The 30-year-old is set to join up with the national team next week ahead of Wednesday’s El Tri game in Atlanta against Nigeria.