Injured Jiménez makes Mexico's World Cup squad but there's no room for former phenom Diego Lainez

MEXICO CITY - Mexico coach Gerardo Martino named striker Raúl Jiménez in his squad traveling to the World Cup in Qatar as he continues his recovery from injury problems.

Jiménez, 31, has only played four matches this season for Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers after sustaining knee and groin injuries.

Martino left Mexico's all-time leading scorer Javier Hernández out of the final squad. Real Betis midfielder Andrés Guardado will lead Mexico in his fifth World Cup after becoming his country's most capped international. Mexico will be without Sevilla forward Jesús Corona due to an ankle injury and youngsters Santiago Giménez and Diego Lainez did not make the cut.

Mexico play Sweden in their last warm-up match on Wednesday before heading to Qatar where they are in Group C along with Poland, Argentina and Saudi Arabia.

2022 Mexico World Cup squad list

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (América), Alfredo Talavera (Juárez), Rodolfo Cota (León)

Defenders: Jorge Sánchez (Ajax), Kevin Álvarez (Pachuca), Néstor Araujo (América), Johan Vásquez (Cremonese), Gerardo Arteaga (Genk), Héctor Moreno, César Montes, Jesús Gallardo (all Monterrey)

Midfielders: Érick Gutiérrez (PSV), Orbelín Pineda (AEK Athens), Héctor Herrera (Houston Dynamo), Andrés Guardado (Real Betis), Roberto Alvarado (Guadalajara), Edson Álvarez (Ajax), Luis Chávez (Pachuca), Luis Romo (Monterrey),  Carlos Rodríguez, Uriel Antuna (both Cruz Azul)

Forwards: Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Henry Martín (América), Raúl Jiménez (Wolves), Alexis Vega (Guadalajara)

(Reporting by Janina Nuno Rios in Mexico City, editing by Ed Osmond)

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