What is Gerardo Martino’s problem and why didn’t he travel to Honduras? The Mexican team will have Jorge Theiler on the bench


The "daddy" He has undergone surgery twice for his right eye.

鈥淭ata鈥 has undergone surgery twice for his right eye.

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The Mexican soccer team traveled this Friday to visit Honduras in the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers without the Argentine Gerardo Martinocoach of the 鈥楾ri鈥, who is recovering from a second operation for the retinal detachment in one of your eyes.

鈥淭he new treatment and not having the corresponding medical discharge prevent the strategist from traveling by plane to avoid as much as possible a serious risk to his ability to see鈥, explained the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) in a press release.

In September 2021, Martino underwent surgery for the first time for retinal detachment and 鈥渄espite having all the necessary care鈥the old strategist of the Spanish Barcelona presented problems in the eye and the On February 11, he re-entered the operating room.

The doctors estimated six weeks recovery and although they have passed, the coach has not yet received a medical discharge, so his assistant will be on the Mexican bench against Honduras Jorge Theiler, who already took control of the 鈥楾ri鈥 in the visiting matches of the octagonal final against Costa Rica and Panama last September.

Theiler will assume the Mexican command in a duel against the Hondurans who, for Mexico means approaching one of the three direct tickets to the Qatar 2022 World Cup that are distributed in Concacaf.

The Mexicans occupy third place in the final octagonal with 22 points the same as the second, the United States, and three from the leader Canada.

On Thursday, those led by Martino tied goalless at the Azteca stadium against the Americans, so beating Honduras, already eliminated in the qualifiers, is essential for their World Cup aspirations.

The duel against the Hondurans corresponds to the thirteenth day of the final octagonal, penultimate in the 鈥楾ri鈥 calendar, which closes its participation in the qualifying rounds by receiving on Wednesday March 30 to El Salvador.

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