Guardado, Reyes make Mexico's 23-man World Cup squad

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Lachlan Cunningham

Andres Guardado and Deigo Reyes were named to Mexico's 23-man roster for the World Cup, the Mexican federation announced shortly after midnight local time Monday.

The stars, along with center-back Hector Moreno, missed out on Saturday's 1-0 friendly win against Scotland with injuries and are continuing to recover. Guardado underwent a procedure shortly after the end of the season with Real Betis to repair a nerve issue in his leg while Reyes is nursing a hamstring problem. Moreno has a calf knock but is expected to be fit for Saturday's friendly against Denmark and the World Cup after.

The friendly in Copenhagen has taken on large importance with three of Mexico's most frequent starters in the Osorio era trying to get fully fit ahead of the team's World Cup opener June 17 against Germany.

"Against Denmark, we're going to train this week like we always, we'll look at the opponent. We know they had a very important game Saturday. We'll analyze that and make the best decisions," Osorio said in a news conference after Saturday's match. "It's certainly a game where we'll need to see Diego, Hector and Andres. The rest, we'll see."

Erick Gutierrez, who fills the same role as Guardado, flew with the team to Denmark but is not registered on the roster and is in reserve if Guardado or Reyes need to be replaced.

The team has 12 players that play for European clubs, the most in history for Mexico, and three more based in MLS. There also is a record number of World Cup returnees with 16 players boasting experience at a previous tournament.

Mexico announced its 23-man squad Saturday, cutting Oswaldo Alanis, Jurgen Damm and Jesus Molina. Center-back Nestor Araujo was named to Osorio's provisional roster but did not join camp because of the effects of a knee injury that ruled him out of this summer's tournament. 

Full roster:

Goalkeepers: 1- Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) 12- Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), 13- Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege)

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Defenders: 2- Hugo Ayala (Tigres), 3- Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), 5- Diego Reyes (Porto), 7- Miguel Layun (Sevilla), 15- Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), 21- Edson Alvarz (America), 23-Jesus Gallardo (Monterrrey)

Midfielders: 4- Rafael Marquez (Atlas), 6- Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) 8- Marco Fabian- (Eintracht Frankfurt), 10- Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), 16- Hector Herrera (Porto), 18- Andres Guardado (Real Betis)

Forwards: 9- Raul Jimenez (Benfica), 11- Carlos Vela (LAFC), 14- Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), 17- Jesus Corona (Porto) 19- Oribe Peralta- (America), 20- Javier Aquino (Tigres), 22- Hirving Lozano (PSV)