Mexico captain Edson Alvarez injured in first match of Copa America

Mexico captain Edson Alvarez injured in first match of Copa America

Mexico Captain Edson Alvarez He will undergo evaluation over the next few days after suffering an injury during the first half of his team's Copa America win over Jamaica on Saturday at Houston's NRG Stadium.

The West Ham midfielder suddenly fell to the ground in pain after rushing backwards during a Jamaican counter-attack, having injured his left hamstring.

Alvarez needed help to leave the arena, as he was in pain and was upset that his match, and possibly his tournament, was over in less than 30 minutes.

“In the case of Edson we will wait a few days so he can be examined and find out what happened to him,” Mexico manager Jaime “Jimmy” Lozano said in a postgame news conference. “Obviously, as with any other player, we don't intend to take any risks. He felt something in his leg.”

In the opening match of the competition, the match between the two teams was tied. Michael Antonio Jamaica appeared to have taken the lead with a short-range header in the 50th minute, but the goal was ruled offside after a video review.

Mexico won 1–0, Gerardo ArteagaGoal scored from the edge of the penalty area in the 69th minute.

“It's not easy to recover and maintain balance after losing your captain so early… but I think the team quickly stabilised,” Lozano said.

Speaking on Friday, Alvarez said the thought of captaining Mexico for the first time at a major tournament gave him goosebumps.

Alvarez is a vital veteran in a young Mexico team undergoing a generational change under Lozano at the Copa America. Since his debut with Mexico in February 2017, only Jesús Gallardo has played more Copa America games. El Tri Alvarez has over 80.

He has played more minutes than any other player for Mexico since Lozano took charge last year.

Mexico will next play Venezuela on Wednesday in Inglewood, California, which beat Ecuador 2-1 in the day's other Group B match. The group concludes on June 30, when Mexico plays Ecuador in Glendale, Arizona.

This report used information from The Associated Press.

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