WORLD CUP: Mexico's Miguel Sabah out with injury
The Mexican national team has lost Miguel Sabah for the World Cup after the veteran striker sustained a partial tear to a tendon in his right leg at training camp.
The team said in a release that doctors believed Sabah, who was injured in a collision with a teammate, will need at least a month to recover from the injury. In this situation, the release continued, "Miguel Sabah cannot continue in camp with the national team."
Sources with Sabah's club team Morelia told Mexican reporters they believed the injured tendon could take as many as eight weeks to heal. Mexico plays South Africa in the World Cup opener June 11.
Sabah, 30, called up to the national team last spring, scored the game-winning goal in Mexico's crucial victory over the U.S. in World Cup qualifying in August.
No replacement for Sabah has been named. Mexico will play three U.S. exhibitions -- in East Rutherford on May 7, Chicago on May 10 and Houston on May 13 -- before its sendoff exhibition match with Chile in Mexico City on May 16. Mexico indicated it will play the U.S. portion of that schedule with the 16 healthy players currently in camp.
-- Kevin Baxter
Photo: Mexico's Miguel Sabah controls a ball during a training session in Valle de Bravo, on April 20, 2010. Credit: Claudio Cruz / Associated Press.