American Exports: Club Tijuana optimistic Herculez Gomez could debut in 2-3 weeks

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – The knee injury that knocked Herculez Gomez out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup may not keep him sidelined for long.

According to a report on Monday on Mediotiempo.com, Club Tijuana are optimistic the US international could make his first-team debut in the next few weeks.

“Herculez has an injury, he came back with inflammation on his knee, we’ll see how it develops,” Tijuana head coach Jorge Almirón told MedioTiempo.com. “We have to analyze and make a decision, but I calculate that he’ll be fine in between two and three weeks.”

Gomez left national team camp with the injury at the close of the group stage of the Gold Cup and was replaced in the squad by Alan Gordon. But the recovery timeline is positive news for his hopes to return to the US in time for September, when World Cup qualification resumes.

The 31-year-old forward moved from Santos Laguna to Tijuana over the summer to join the American contingent of Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Greg Garza and now Paul Arriola in Xolos' first team squad.

Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at tom.marshall.mex@gmail.com.