The Concacaf Champions League first leg semifinal between Cruz Azul and Monterrey is just around the corner. The expected meeting will take place this Wednesday, August 11, in the vicinity of the Steel Giant. The duel will face two of the best teams in Liga MX. The best news is that both teams will face the game with the best they have at their disposal.
Cruz Azul recovered footballers such as Luis Romo, Roberto Alvarado and Sebastián Jurado, who played the Olympic Games with Mexico. In the same case is Monterrey, since they recovered Carlos Rodríguez and César Montes after the Olympic tournament. After testing negative for COVID-19, the Colombian Duván Vergara may also be from the initial game of ‘Vasco’ Aguirre for this duel.
The Machine will not be able to count on Rómulo Otero, its most important hiring for this semester, because the Venezuelan player still has not completed his immigration procedures satisfactorily. In this sense, Joel Campbell, Rayados’ reinforcement for this season, will also not be able to play with the Albiazules in this duel with a view to the final of the Concachampions.
The 29-year-old Costa Rican forward will not be able to play for Monterrey in this or any other Concacaf Champions League game because he played the first leg of the competition with León, his previous club. According to the confederation regulations, “once a player has been active on the field of play for a club, he cannot be registered by any other club during the same edition.”
For this reason, in the event that Monterrey gets his pass to the final of the tournament, Campbell, former player of Arsenal, Villarreal and Sporting de Lisboa, could not be considered by Javier Aguirre to be part of the squad.
Campbell has counted for Javier Aguirre since the first matches of the Grita México 2021 tournament. The Mexican strategist has used the Costa Rican in two games this season. Campbell has 158 in a couple of games and has given an assist.