Jaime Penedo (pictured) has played in 10 games during Panama’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo courtesy of Federación Panameña de Fútbol)
PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo will miss upcoming World Cup qualifiers due to a right-thigh injury, the Federación Panameña de Fútbol announced Sunday.
The 35-year-old, who will be replaced by San Francisco FC custodian Alex Rodriguez, underwent initial testing with his club Dinamo Bucharest, which confirmed the problem. He will go through additional examination Monday to determine its severity.
Panama currently sits fourth in the CONCACAF Hexagonal table with a 1W-4D-1L (5 points) record, one point behind the third-place United States for the last automatic qualifying berth. It will next face first-place Mexico (September 1, away) and last-place Trinidad & Tobago (September 5, home).
The Canaleros opened a training camp Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.