Mexico National Team forward Hirving “Chucky” Lozano will not play against Argentina because of a hamstring injury, the Mexican Federation announced on Sunday. Lozano was injured in PSV Eindhoven’s 4-1 victory over De Graafschap.
Due to injury @HirvingLozano70 won't be traveling to Argentina for our upcoming games. #PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/NN8BnXAWcQ— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) November 11, 2018
Chucky becomes El Tri’s second player to be ruled out after Santos Laguna defender Jesus Angulo had to be replaced by Cruz Azul’s Julio Cesar Dominguez following a hand injury. As opposed to Angulo, no replacement was called for Lozano.
A fan favorite, the 23-year-old had been a key part in Mexico’s last few games. Moreover, Lozano’s injury comes as a big blow for Mexico interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti, who will be in charge of a squad already suffering of a number of key veteran absences like Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado, and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.
Mexico are set to play a Messi-less Argentina twice, in Cordoba on November 16 and four days later in Mendoza.