Posted on August 9, 2012
LONDON — If Mexico is to win its first Olympic soccer gold medal, it will have to make do without forward Giovani dos Santos.
Dos Santos, El Tri’s driving offensive force in these Summer Games, was ruled out of Saturday’s final against Brazil with a muscle tear, according to the Mexico Football Federation.
The Mexicans will face Brazil for the gold medal at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Team physician Dr. Jose Luis Serrano said that dos Santos had a thigh muscle tear that would keep him sidelined for two weeks.
Dos Santos, who missed Thursday’s practice, has been the kingpin of El Tri’s attack, scoring three goals and setting up another three.
The Totteham Hotspur player suffered the injury during the first half of Mexico’s 3-1 semifinal win over Japan at Wembley on Tuesday. He was replaced at halftime.
“I sensed a pinch, dos Santos said on twitter on Tuesday. “I hope to be ready by Saturday, I need to train and go through lots of therapy,” Dos Santos wrote on twitter.
A thigh injury will keep Giovani dos Santos on the sidelines for the Olympic men’s final. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Mexico, North America, Olympic Qualifying
Tags: 2012 London Olympics, Giovani dos Santos, Wembley Stadium