The Mexican national team has already flown to Honduras in preparation of their match in San Pedro Sula, but Giovani dos Santos, Edgar Castillo, and veteran Ricardo Osorio will be watching the match from home.

Mexico’s soccer federation, known as FEMEXFUT, is reporting that Giovani dos Santos will miss the match due to an injury he suffered while playing for his club Ipswich Town. The injury to his groin muscle has not completely healed and despite vast improvements in his health, the he has failed to heal 100%. To prevent further injury, Sven Goran-Eriksson concluded that it would be best for Giovani to take the opportunity to return to England and work on his recovery.

Edgar Castillo is forced to miss the match against Honduras due to his misplacement of his travel documents. He has been unable to locate his passport and is unable to submit the necessary paperwork to have a new passport issued in time.

Ricardo Osorio came down with flu-like symptoms Sunday night and will stay in Mexico while he recovers from his unexpected illness. Sven-Goran Eriksson has stated that no new players will be called into the squad as a result of the team having plenty of depth already available. Both Carlos Salcido and Jonny Magallon are eligible to play during Wednesday’s match and will likely see minutes.

ESPN is reporting that Mexico cruised to an easy finish over Honduras this past weekend despite the fact that Mexico faced Costa Rica. It looks as though much was overlooked in a hasty attempt to have an article published.

The ESPN article, which provides no author’s name, states:

“Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is calling on his team for a repeat performance when they seek their first away win of the World Cup qualifying campaign against Costa Rica on Wednesday…Mexico cruised to a 2-0 victory over Honduras last night at the Estadio Azteca…”

It’s bad enough that the mistake was not caught but the article even properly quotes Sven-Goran Eriksson‘s remarks regarding Giovani dos Santos‘ prospects of seeing minutes against Honduras as well as his decision to have¬† Guillermo Ochoa in the net against Honduras.¬† ESPN writes, “Ochoa is very likely to start the Honduras match, too. I don’t need to change after Memo did everything perfectly.”

Quality reporting ESPN.

For an opportunity to read the article before it is either revised or taken down altogether, head over to:
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=632294&sec=worldcup2010&cc=5901