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What players will miss the Liga MX Toluca vs Pachuca final: injury report, sanctioned players

Toluca will be looking to gain a first leg Apertura 2022 advantage when they welcome Pachuca to Estadio Nemesio Díez on Thursday.

MEX6550. TOLUCA (MÉXICO), 13/10/2022.- Fotografía de la mascota del Toluca previo a un partido de Cuartos de Final del torneo Apertura 2022 de la Liga MX entre Toluca y Santos, disputado en el estadio Nemesio Diez, en Toluca (México). EFE/ Alex Cruz
Alex CruzEFE

After four months of competition, the 2022 Liga MX Apertura season reaches its climax with Toluca and Pachuca going head-to-head in the final with the Diablos Rojos’ looking for their eleventh title and ‘Los Tuzos’ from Pachuca looking to claim their seventh league glory.

Ignacio Ambriz’s side sent shock-waves through the world of Mexican football last weekend as his side eliminated high flying and highly fancied Club America with a 3-2 aggregate win that silenced the Estadio Azteca.

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Toluca’s solid run

Toluca are on a solid run since their away defeat to Tigres in early September and having finished sixth in the regular season were forced to participate in the repechaje/wild-card round where they saw off Juarez with a solid 3-0 win. A wild 6-4 semi-final aggregate win over Santos Laguna set up the semi-final clash against ‘Las Aguilas’.

‘Los Tuzos’ have had to overcome the Monterrey giants in Tigres UANL and ‘Los Rayados’ on their path to the final and will point to their solid defense that were able to keep Monterrey at bay last Sunday and make good their first leg 5-2 advantage.

Pachuca are striving for more glory having already bagged six top flight titles in the Mexican game. Those success Invierno 1999, Invierno 2001, Apertura 2003, Clausura 2006, Clausura 2007, Clausura 2016.

Toluca-Pachuca: injury concerns

With no suspensions facing either team, 29-year-old Toluca keeper Luis Garcia sustained a fracture in his arm in the regular season clash against Juarez and is still in rehabilitation and will play no role in the game tonight.

Mystery surrounds Pachuca’s Argentine Gustavo Cabral’s fitness and availability for the first leg with the veteran subbed off towards the end of Sunday’s game in Monterrey through an injury. It still remains unclear if ‘El Sargento’ will be ready for the clash in Toluca.