It isn’t an enormous shock. Because the deadline for him to go well with up went from June 2 to June 9 to – some level sooner or later – it was clear that the hamstring harm he had suffered with Porto at first of Might wasn’t therapeutic as hoped .
Understanding it was unlikely Reyes can be again on the sphere appears to have softened the blow, however this positively remains to be a blow for El Tri. It has been a tough month for Mexico between Reyes and middle again Nestor Araujo having to tug out of the match with accidents, a send-off occasion ending up within the tabloids and a scoreless draw, a slim win and a 2-Zero defeat to Denmark doing little to spice up the temper forward of the match.
Reyes is a participant who can do a little bit of all the things. Whereas he hasn’t all the time excelled as a defensive midfielder, he could also be Mexico’s most suitable choice there when wholesome – or at the least the most suitable choice in supervisor Juan Carlos Osorio’s participant pool. He is additionally one of many nation’s greatest middle backs. That is vital. After Araujo’s harm, the place is not deep. Hector Moreno is a prime participant with a number of seasons of European expertise. Carlos Salcedo is in that class as effectively, however could also be pressed into responsibility at proper again. After that, the image is much less clear. Hugo Ayala is a fantastic Liga MX middle again however might by no means transcend that stage. And that is it. These are just about the choices. Rafa Marquez is also within the squad however might not have the dexterity wanted to play on the again.
Whereas Reyes is not a star like ahead Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez or one of many key veteran leaders like midfielder Andres Guardado or Marquez, the flexibility Reyes gives places him at the least within the prime 10 most vital Mexico gamers. That Osorio held on for therefore lengthy regardless of indicators Reyes would not be able to go, ready till the group already was in Russia to surrender hope of a full restoration reveals how a lot the supervisor prizes his expertise.
After all, it is also a private blow for Reyes, although at 25 you’d anticipate him to have one other alternative at a second World Cup.
“I’ve determined to decide that hurts my soul as a result of I feel it is the very best for my teammates as a result of I am unsure I can obtain the very best model of myself in such little time. That is why I’ve determined, together with (supervisor) Juan Carlos Osorio that I will not make up a part of the 23 gamers who will struggle for the World Cup,” he wrote in an announcement. “There’s nothing left for me to do than want Erick, my teammates and the teaching workers the very best of luck and to thank them for the chance and the unconditional help throughout the previous few days. I’m satisfied they’ll make historical past due to their expertise and since this united and dedicated group can do large issues.”
Whereas Guti takes his roster spot, Edson Alvarez is the clear alternative for Reyes. The 20-year-old has numerous similarities to Reyes. Each can play at middle again or defensive midfield. Each got here up within the Membership America system. Alvarez performed effectively on the Gold Cup at proper again. Going from that match to beginning there throughout the World Cup will probably be fairly a soar.
Osorio might not have a greater possibility, although. Alvarez is a poor man’s Reyes, however Mexico must make the very best of what it has with out the Porto participant, with out Araujo and with out the depth that may be so important at tournaments just like the World Cup.