Valencia’s Guardado back from injury, hoping for El Tri return

Andres Guardado is back to full training and hopes he can work his way back into the national team picture.
Andres Guardado is the forgotten man for Mexico’s national team.

There has been plenty of talk about Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Giovani Dos Santos and, of course, Carlos Vela’s role in El Tri, yet 27-year-old Guardado has been a regular for Mexico since 2006, before any of the above.

The Valencia left back has had a season hampered by injury and, after missing out on the last two national team call-ups, is determined to work his way back into the reckoning at international level.

“I’m waiting with a lot of excitement to be called up again to the national team,” said Guardado in a press conference in Valencia on Monday. “A lot of things happened surrounding the national team but now, thankfully, it appears things are improving and, with a game to go, we’re very close to qualifying for the World Cup.”

Guardado is now back in full training under Miroslav Djukic and is hoping to be involved when Los Ches take on Elche on Sunday in La Liga.

The former Atlas player - just two appearances off winning his 100th cap for Mexico - recognized that starting regularly in Spain is key to his chances of a national team return.

“I’ll try to reach a good level and play a lot of minutes with my team to allow me to return to the national team,” he said.