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Xolos' Saucedo: a hit to the nerve

Cirilo Saucedo calls for assistance after a collision with an America player.
Cirilo Saucedo calls for assistance after a collision with an America player.Mexsport

Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente dropped their second game in a row when they fell 2-1 against Club America and former coach Antonio Mohamed at the Azteca Stadium on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in week 2 action of the Apertura 2014 of La Liga MX. Aside from the concern of not having won a game yet, Xolos had to make a forced substitution when goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo suffered an injury in the 80th minute.

“”My entire arm is numb,” Saucedo said to ESPN Deportes after the game. “The doctors have told me that it was a hit to the nerve and I cannot move it. But we’ll wait for the results to see how bad it is.”

The injury came after a collision with America striker Oribe Peralta. The referee had to call a stop to the game while Saucedo was tended too. Coach Cesar Farias was forced to remove his starting keeper for Manuel Gibran Lajud.

The rookie keeper earned 10 minutes of official game time, but had to play an additional six minutes that the referee added as stoppage time. Gibran had a few interventions, but could not stop Paraguayan and former Xolos player Pablo Aguilar with ten seconds left in compensation. Aguilar headed the ball to the ground. Gibran tried to block, but the ball went between his legs for the final 2-1.

As for Saucedo, he was the last to leave the stadium after the match still unable to move his arm. The keeper travelled to Tijuana where his injury will be assessed. Farias added that Saucedo will be examined once in Tijuana.

“He told me that his shoulder bothered him,” Farias said. “The medical staff will look him over to determine his condition.”

Tijuana is scheduled to take on Zacatepec on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the Caliente Stadium in Copa MX action. The question now is who will Farias use to guard the net, Gibran or Adrian Zermeño?