March 9, 2007

Blanco injury to put transfer in doubt?

According to
Medio Tiempo, El Fuego de Chicago's number one target, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, will be out for 3-4 weeks after tweaking a muscle in his right leg taking a free kick in América's 4-0 thumping of Banfield in Wednesday's Copa Libertadores action.

Now, with transfer rumors rampant, could this put Blanco's journey north of the border in jeopardy? 3-4 weeks would mean that Cuauhsimodo wouldn't be ready to play until right around El Fuego's April 7 season opener at home against La Revolución de Niuingland (thanks to Univision's Republica Deportiva for the horrible massacre of the Spanish language on that one).

Add to that America's up and down results in the Libertadores (including a 4-1 drubbing to lightly-regarded Bolivar in the Azteca), I can't see Blanco leaving. Like it or not, he's still a leader out there for the Águilas. América would love nothing more than to run the table and win the Libertadores, something no other Mexican team has been able to do. Cruz Azul has reached a final before, with both América and Chivas bowing out in semifinals.

With Chivas once again taking the upper hand in the race for Mexican League titles (Chivas with 11, América with 10), it seems unlikely that the directors in Mexico City would allow one of their best players to leave while fighting to regain the upper hand against their bitter rivals.

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