American Exports: Torres could make return vs. San Luis

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – After a stop-start last six months for Pachuca’s José Torres, it’s a relief that his latest injury – a groin strain – won’t keep him off the field long.

“I’m trying to recover as soon as possible to be OK to face San Luis,” the US international told local reporters on Tuesday.

Los Tuzos travel to face San Luis in round 10 of Mexican Primera División action on Saturday evening and, if he does make it, Torres will only have missed the team’s 0-0 tie last weekend against Atlas with the injury he picked up late in his Pachuca’s game against Tigres UANL on Feb. 25.

The injury also kept Torres out of the US national team’s trip to Italy last week, with the 24-year-old midfielder clearly distraught on missing out on the 1-0 victory.

“It hurt me a lot to miss the game against Italy,” said Torres. “I had been waiting for another call by the national team, but after the game against Tigres, I knew I wouldn’t be able to play.”

Added Torres: “Some tears of frustration were shed, but these things happen and it is part of soccer.”

Torres had completed the full 90 minutes in Pachuca’s first eight games of the season after recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot that sidelined him for the last three-and-a-half months of 2011.

Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America. He can be reached via tom.marshall.mex@gmail.com.