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Mexico unveil final Gold Cup roster; Edson Alvarez doubtful

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Following Mexico’s 3-1 win over Venezuela, coach Gerardo Martino unveiled his 23-man roster for the 2019 Gold Cup.

Out of the 40 players allowed by CONCACAF, Martino had previously only named 29, leaving El Tri’s coach to make six cuts before submitting his final roster on Wednesday. From the original 29, Miguel Layun, Hirving Lozano, Marco Fabian and Ivan Rodriguez all had to be dropped due injury. Meanwhile, Chivas goalkeeper Raul Gudiño and Galaxy forward Uriel Antuna were the final two cuts.

However, Mexico’s final 23-man roster might not be set in stone as Martino confirmed on Wednesday night that Edson Alvarez could potentially miss the Gold Cup with a knee injury. Alvarez had to come off midway through the first half of Wednesday night’s game after suffering a recurrence to a knee injury picked up while playing for Club América in Liga MX.

Martino continued by stating that further testing will be done on Alvarez’s knee, and in case he is not deemed fit enough to compete in the Gold Cup, it will be Uriel Antuna who takes his place in the final 23-man roster.

Mexico’s Gold Cup squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Jonathan Orozco (Santos Laguna), Hugo Gonzalez (Necaxa),

Defenders: Nestor Araujo (Celta de Vigo), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Fernando Navarro (Club Leon), Diego Reyes (Fenerbahçe), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres UANL), Jorge Sanchez (Club America), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres UANL)

Midfielders: Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jonathan dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Erick Gutierrez (PSV Eindhoven), Luis Montes (Club Leon), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Carlos Rodriguez (Monterrey)

Forwards: Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul), Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton), Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Alexis Vega (Chivas Guadalajara)

Mexico will play one final friendly on Sunday versus Ecuador before opening their Gold Cup campaign against Cuba in Los Angeles, on June 15.