Will Diego Valdés start Club América’s playoff first leg against Club León?
Having missed the closing stages of the Apertura 2023 regular season, Valdés remains a fitness doubt for América’s quarter-final opener against León.
Club América are sweating on the fitness of midfielder Diego Valdés as they prepare for the Apertura 2023 playoffs.
Valdés returning from injury suffered on Chile duty
Having finished top of the regular-season standings, América head into the postseason as one of the title favourites, but it remains unclear what role Valdés, who is one of Las Águilas’ key men, will be able to play in the quarter-final first leg against Club León.
According to TUDN journalist Julio Ibañez, América head coach André Jardine is yet to decide whether to start the Chilean international, who missed most of the second half of the regular season.
Valdés hasn’t played in a competitive fixture since injuring his calf in Chile’s World Cup qualifying defeat to Venezuela in mid-October.
América opting for cautious approach
The 29-year-old has appeared in friendly matches held by América since the regular season concluded earlier in November, but the 13-time Mexican champions are said to be reluctant to rush him back into competitive action.
It therefore seems likely that Valdés will be named among the substitutes against León.
León vs América: when, where, how to watch?
León host América in the first leg of the Apertura 2023 playoff quarter-finals at the Estadio León on Wednesday 29 November 2023, with kick-off scheduled for 8:06pm ET/5:06pm PT.
TV viewers in the United States will be able to watch the game on TUDN USA, while your streaming options include the TUDN App and fuboTV.
Enjoy the game live on fuboTV, which offers a free trial.