Cruz Azul midfielder Carlos Rodríguez will miss the remainder of the Clausura 2022 due to a cracked fibula, following a tackle by Jefferson Intriago during the match against Mazatlán FC, meaning that La Máquina will be without one of its most influential players.
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In his first tournament with Cruz Azul's jersey, Carlos Rodríguez became a starter in the starting lineup, has participated in twelve matches, with 840 minutes on the field in twelve appearances from the start, and scored on three occasions.
Carlos Rodríguez made his international debut in 2019, however, his presence in the Mexican national team gained relevance during the CONCACAF qualifiers for Qatar 2022, to the point that he was considered as a starter by Gerardo Martino for the last three matches against the United States, Honduras, and El Salvador.
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The versatility that the player has shown since his arrival at Cruz Azul prior to the Apertura 2020 makes him the ideal candidate to make up for such a sensitive loss, not to mention that his main position is in the center of the field, even though Juan Reynoso has used him as a winger on both flanks.
Despite the above, his characteristics are different from those of Carlos Rodríguez, as he plays well with the ball at his feet and has the vision to make precise passes, however, it is not common to see him facing the ball and he does not stand out for his speed.
The Venezuelan has not been able to consolidate his position with Cruz Azul since his arrival at the club for the Apertura 2021, however, Juan Reynoso can appeal to his qualities as an attacking midfielder or midfielder to cover for his absence.
In Liga MX, the 'Scorpion' has just 151 minutes, has been a starter once and a substitute nine times, while in CONCACAF he was a starter in the round of 16 series against Forge FC, where he stood out for his speed and dribbling, and scored a goal.
Carlos Rodríguez has been considered by Juan Reynoso as a '10' in some recent matches due to his ability to pass the ball and filter between rival lines, so forward Iván Morales is also seen as a possible solution.
The Chilean attacker has participated in seven matches with Cruz Azul, five of them as a substitute, in which Juan Reynoso has used him as a winger on both flanks, but also behind the strikers' thanks to his dribbling ability and the vision he has shown to connect the ball with his teammates.