Mexico received a scare early in Sunday's game against Nicaragua when talented youngster Carlos Vela went down in a crumpled heap.
Injury knocked him out of the game but the
initial fears were that he would not be able to participate in the
tournament any longer.
But x-rays proved negative to a feared
fracture and team doctors said the injury was a sprain. Vela may be
able to participate in Thursday's game in Houston despite the setback.
For his part, Vela said he was unlucky to have gone down with the injury.
was an unfortunate thing that this happened because it was a good
opportunity to get in more minutes," Vela told Mexican daily Reforma.
"But this is part of the game. You can never plan on when you will
injure yourself and when you won't. But I need to try and work hard to
overcome this, get back on the team and participate in the cup."
in Sunday's match, Vela slid to get to a loose ball and was nearly
knocked down in the process. His right leg was briefly trapped under
his body but he was able to free it and possibly prevent further damage.
it happens, you think the worst because you fear you've torn
something," Vela said. "The good thing is that I was able to get my leg
free at the last moment and thank God it was only a scare and we hope
it doesn't happen again."
Because he was in pain, injured and
receiving treatment, Vela said he did not have much time to watch the
game and thus could not give his analysis of the game.
the Mexican media, El Tri received criticism for not having scored more
goals and having played an anemic match against the minnow that is
Vela, though, said the first games of tournaments are always difficult.
first game is always complicated becuase of the nerves," Vela said.
"You want to score a goal quickly and it doesn't always work out."
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