Alvarez: Copa America over?

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 23rd June 2024

Edson Alvarez's Copa America could be over after the Hammers midfielder was carried off during Mexico's clash with Jamaica.

The 26-year-old went to ground in the 30th minute clutching his hamstring - shortly after which, he was helped from the pitch by team mates while in some considerable distress.

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The incident occurred while no other player was close to Alvarez, during this Group B encounter in Houston which Mexico went on to win 1-0 courtesy of a 69th-minute effort from left back Gerardo Arteaga.

Speaking after the game, Mexico coach Jaime Lozano - who refused to rule Alvarez out of the tournament - said Alvarez was being assessed by Mexico's medical team.

'We're going to wait a couple of days to do some testing on him and to know well what he's got going on," he said. 'He's extremely important. He's a leader, he understands the game well. He's important on the pitch and in the locker room as well.

'You listen to him talk, he has a way with words and when he speaks you listen. This was a tough blow for all of us."

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Defender Cesar Montes added: "For the group he is the leader, a very important piece and it will be good to know his diagnosis in view of what is coming".

Alvarez's West Ham team mate Michail Antonio also featured in the fixture, and had a header ruled out for offside after just five minutes.

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