The return of Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesús Corona is looking closer and closer after the 41-year-old goalkeeper completed the full training session at La Noria on Wednesday without any discomfort in his right knee.
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Cruz Azul sources said that the captain of La Máquina should complete Thursday and Friday's training sessions without any setbacks, leaving it up to Juan Reynoso and his coaching staff to decide whether Corona will play or whether Sebastián Jurado will remain in the starting lineup.
How long has Corona not played?
Chuy Corona has not played since March 12 in the 2-1 victory over Pumas on Matchweek 10, when he was diagnosed first with a bone edema in his right femur and weeks later with a patella and patellar tendon injury in his right knee.
The 41-year-old goalkeeper was set to return for the Clásico Joven the previous Saturday against América, but two days later he had synovial fluid and inflammation in his knee, so the doctors removed it and it was decided that he would not play against the Águilas as a precaution.
After some mistakes in his first few games covering the injured Corona, Jurado improved in recent matches and conceded only four goals in his seven most recent Liga MX games.
Cruz Azul with eyes on Nexaca
According to ESPN, Wednesday's practice was more intense and longer than usual, with the players looking to improve Cruz Azul's image in recent weeks, where they have not had the best performance, especially at the Azteca Stadium, where they will play this Saturday's playoff against Los Rayos.
"The truth is that we do work differently because we know that if we lose we have to leave, so we often think that obviously in Round 4, even if you don't want to, you think that you can still fix the tournament in the last few games, as happened to América, but now if you get confident you lose and I think that also keeps the player very active, very focused and for me, that is the difference between a playoff training and a regular phase training," said striker Santiago Giménez in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
"Now that we are in the playoffs you see a very different training, everyone wants to play, everyone shows up, everyone wants to win and this is about rubbing off on each other."