Jesus Manuel Corona (green jersey) will Mexico's World Cup qualifier against the visiting USA on June 11, 2017, and the team's trip to the FIFA Confederations Cup. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)
MEXICO CITY – Mexico will be without five key players for the World Cup qualifier against the visiting United States on Sunday and one of those will miss the FIFA Confederations Cup, head coach Juan Carlos Osorio announced a day before the match at a press conference.
"I want to inform you that by personal decision and for personal reasons, Jesus Manuel Corona declines to attend the Confederations Cup,” said Osorio. “At this moment, we are working with FIFA to handle what is necessary and bring with us a new player.
"Jesus Manuel returned with his family and is not considered for tomorrow (vs. USA), adding to those who cannot be there due to physical condition, who are Andres Guardado, Rafael Marquez, Miguel Layun and Nestor Araujo."
Corona is Mexico’s top scorer in 2018 WCQ play with three goals, while Guardado is tied for second with two. Araujo, Layun and Marquez have netted once each.
The undefeated Mexicans sit atop the CONCACAF Hexagonal table with 13 points from five games, will the U.S. occupies third place with seven points.