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Liga MX Preview: Queretaro sweating on Ronaldinho´s fitness

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 25 Sep 2014

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Ronaldinho could miss Queretaro’s Liga MX clash with Toluca on Friday after he failed to make the trip to Tigres UANL midweek.

After capping his league bow with a goal in last week’s 4-1 rout of Santos Laguna, Ronaldinho was ruled out of Queretaro’s Copa MX second-leg fixture against Tigres on Tuesday due to a stomach infection.

Queretaro president Adolfo Rios said the 34-year-old was still familiarising himself with Mexican food, following his arrival from South America.

“The reason [why did not travel] is a health situation, it is normal that when a player from another country comes in the food issue could have a relapse,” said Rios.

“In this case unfortunately he was up all night with a stomach infection that has caused him physically to not be 100 percent to make the trip.”

Sixth-placed Queretaro will be sweating on Ronaldinho’s fitness, with Friday’s round-nine opponents in red-hot form after extending their winning streak to three games.

Toluca – third in the table – upstaged Monterrey 1-0 on Sunday to end their eight-game winless run in the league away from home.

Veteran Paraguayan defender Paulo da Silva has been an unlikely hero for Toluca up front, scoring two goals in three games.

League leaders America returned to the winners’ list last week and will be out to heap further misery on Santos Laguna, who dismantled by Queretaro.

While America crushed Bayamon FC 10-1 in the CONCACAF Champions League last week, the Mexican giants had failed to win three league matches prior to Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Pachuca.

America are now two points clear of Atlas atop the standings, having scored 15 goals and conceded just six, and confidence is high approaching Friday’s meeting according to midfielder Jesus Molina.

“The group is happy, we are aware that we are half tournament but we are happy,” said Molina.

“We are first, the second best defence, the best offence, so the team is calm and full to continue working in the first place.”

Atlas – second in the standings – go head-to-head with Monterrey on Saturday.

Back-to-back wins for Atlas could see them leapfrog America.

In other fixtures, third-bottom Veracruz host Tijuana on Friday.

On Saturday, Leon travel to Cruz Azul, Pachuca entertain Tigres UANL and second-bottom Universidad Guadalajara face basement side Morelia.

Pumas UNAM tackle Chiapas on Sunday, while Guadalajara and Puebla are also in action on the same day.

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