GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In-form Tigres UANL midfielder José “Gringo” Torres won’t be off the field long, despite missing the current US national team camp.
Torres trained separately from the rest of the Tigres squad in the gym on Tuesday, but a press report in Cancha suggests the recuperation period from his hamstring injury will be just five days.
“Francisco Torres is working in the gymnasium due to a muscle strain in his left hamstring,” reported Tigres’ press department via its Twitter feed.
Torres was substituted off in the 81st minute of Tigres’ 1-1 home draw against Chivas this past Saturday in the Liga MX, but there was no apparent sign he was injured as he jogged to the touchline. However, Torres’ name did not appear on US Soccer’s squad list Monday alongside a host of other injured players for the US national team’s vital World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.
The 25-year-old has been in good form this season, establishing himself as a starter in the Liga MX’s first-placed team. The news means Torres is likely to return to action for Tigres on March 31 when the Monterrey team travels to Puebla.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.