GLENDALE, Ariz. — One of Mexico's brightest young stars won't be able to shine at the Copa America Centenario.
El Tri announced Saturday that Tigres winger Jurgen Damm will be out of the tournament because of injuries persisting in his left knee.
"We're deeply disappointed not to have Jurgen with us," Osorio said in a news conference Saturday. "We debated until we couldn't, and yesterday, finally, we made the decision to leave him out taking in mind that he also is only 23 years old, his potential move to European soccer, his individual progress and his state of health to be able to recuperate and be able to be with us on the next occasions."
In his place, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio and his coaching staff have called up Monterrey midfielder Candido Ramirez, a winger who is left footed but didn't see regular playing time with Los Rayados this season as they fought to a runner-up finish in the Clausura.
"Candido brings speed to the national team, his natural profile as a left-footed player, his service from the wing and hopefully he can come in and contribute to the national team," Osorio said.
Osorio loves playing through the wings, and already has several other options for players to get wide. Pachuca winger Hirving Lozano, Damm's Tigres teammate Javier Aquino, Porto's Jesus "Tecatito" Corona and PSV midfielder Andres Guardado, who has played both on the interior and wing of the Mexican midfield.
The team begins its Copa America Sunday, June 5 against Uruguay.