This Sunday, there was terrible news for Cruz Azul and the Mexican national team, as midfielder Carlos Rodríguez will miss the remainder of the Clausura 2022, including the Liguilla, due to injury.
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The tests performed on Charly Rodríguez revealed a crack in the fibula of his right leg, following a tackle by Ecuadorian Jefferson Intriago, from Mazatlán FC, in last Friday's 1-1 draw at Kraken Stadium.
How long will it take for Charly Rodríguez to return?
Sources close to the player confirmed that Rodríguez will be out for at least six weeks, three with an orthopedic boot and three more in rehabilitation if his recovery goes according to doctors' expectations and there are no setbacks.
The best scenario for Rodríguez's return is the week of the Liga MX Final, in the event that La Máquina reaches that stage, as the first and second legs are scheduled for May 26 and 29, but a possible return to the field would be "very optimistic", said the sources.
This is terrible news for the player, who was possibly having his best tournament, but also for Cruz Azul, who had found in Charly Rodriguez their most unbalanced element between midfield and attack.
Cruz Azul will ask for a heavier sanction for the Ecuadorian
According to ESPN, Cruz Azul will file an appeal with the Disciplinary Commission on Monday to seek the disqualification of Jefferson Intriago, in the event that Mexican soccer authorities determine that the Mazatlán native is responsible for the 24-year-old midfielder's long-term injury.
Rodriguez had also become an important part of Gerardo Martino's scheme in the Mexican national team, where he played as a starter in the last matches of the qualifiers that sealed the ticket to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.