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Why did América boss André Jardine undergo emergency surgery? Will he on the bench against Chivas?

Jardine went under the knife just days before Las Águilas take on bitter vials Guadalajara in Liga MX’s Apertura 2023.

Jardine went under the knife just days before Las Águilas take on bitter vials Guadalajara in Liga MX’s Apertura 2023.
Jose Luis Melgarejo

Head coach André Jardine was a surprise absentee from Club América training on Tuesday after he was forced to undergo emergency surgery. Following a morning session, the club revealed that the Brazilian had been suffering from acute appendicitis and had had an operation earlier in the day.

Jardine a doubt for El Súper Clásico against Guadalajara

While going under the knife is never welcome, the timing of Jardine’s procedure is especially unfortunate with El Súper Clásico between Las Águilas and Guadalajara just around the corner. Mexican soccer’s biggest rivals will face each other on Saturday 17 September (kick-off at 11:10 p.m. ET) and there is considerable doubt as to whether Jardine will be in the dugout for the clash.

Who will take the team if Jardine fails to recover?

América released the following statement on social media on Tuesday: “Club América would like to inform that our head coach André Jardine was successfully operated on for acute appendicitis, this morning. His recovery time will depend on how his condition evolves”. Assistant boss Victor Rodrigues will take first-team training for the rest of the week and will be the man in charge against Chivas if Jardine ultimately fails to recover.

Where are Las Águilas in the Apertura 2023 standings?

The 44-year-old ex-Atlético San Luis manager took the reins at América in June following Fernando Oritz’s somewhat surprising decision to leave for Monterrey. Las Águilas have won three, drawn two and lost one of Jardine’s first six Liga MX matches in charge, leaving them in sixth place in the Apertura 2023 standings, five points off top spot. They do have a game in hand over the five teams above them, though. A win over Guadalajara, currently two points ahead in fourth, will see them leapfrog their rivals.

Henry Martín returns to América training

There is good news for América as far as the playing roster is concerned, with key man Henry Martín returning to training on Tuesday after a recent injury, like fellow Mexico international Néstor Araujo. Defender Israel Reyes, however, will miss El Súper Clásico due to his own fitness issues.