ATLANTA - JULY 28: Emmanuel Adebayor #25 of Manchester City scores a penalty kick past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa #1 of Club America during the 2010 Aaron's International Soccer Challenge match at Georgia Dome on July 28 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Guillermo Ochoa, reports out of Mexico are indicating the first-choice keeper for Mexico and Club América injured his right ankle in Thursday's training session. The injury comes on the heels of his mistake in Mexico's 1-1 draw with Venezuela, in which his performance was roundly criticized in the Mexican media.
While the extent of the injury isn't fully known, it is nearly certain that Ochoa will not to face Puebla on Sunday evening in order to rest him for more important fixtures in the following week. The injury was sustained as Ochoa came out for a cross during training and landed awkwardly on his ankle. The medical team, along with manager Carlos Reinoso and a number of players, attended to Ochoa, who was able to walk off the practice field under his own power.
The injury is a blow to América, who will now have to use their third-choice goalkeeper, 20-year-old Hugo Alfonso González, in the game against Puebla. Ochoa's backup, Armando Navarrete, was already ruled out after undergoing surgery for a toothache. The injury crisis comes at an inopportune time for América, who have lost their last three games in all competitions and also have a vital Copa Libertadores showdown with Argentinos Juniors in midweek, followed by the hotly-contested Clásico Nacional against Chivas de Guadalajara the following Sunday.