MADRID (AP) – Mexico forward Jesus “Tecatito” Corona is expected to miss the World Cup after breaking his left leg while training with Sevilla on Thursday, the Spanish club said.
Sevilla said Tecatito broke his left fibula and ruptured ankle ligaments and will be out for four to five months. The World Cup begins in Qatar on November 20.
The 29-year-old Tecatito was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and underwent surgery later on Thursday. Doctors inserted a plate and screws on his fibula and repaired his ankle ligaments, Sevilla said. He is expected to stay hospitalised for a couple of days.
The club said Tecatito sustained the injury by himself, without colliding with any other player.
“It doesn’t look good,” Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui said. “Unfortunately it’s part of football and it happened to Jesus.”
México will play its opening World Cup match on November 22 against Poland in Group C, which also includes Argentina and Saudi Arabia.