October 2, 2009 / 12:18 AM / 10 years ago

Soccer-Barcelona's Marquez back in Mexico squad for qualifiers

MEXICO CITY, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez was recalled to the Mexico squad on Thursday for their final two World Cup qualifiers after a lengthy layoff with a leg injury.

However, coach Javier Aguirre has to do without Tottenham Hotspur forward Giovani Dos Santos, out for six weeks with a left ankle injury, for the matches at home to El Salvador on Oct. 10 and away to Trinidad & Tobago four days later.

Mexico are second in the CONCACAF group with 15 points, one fewer than the United States. Honduras are third with 13, Costa Rica have 12, El Salvador eight and Trinidad & Tobago five.

The top three qualify for next year’s finals in South Africa while the fourth-placed team will go into a playoff with the nation finishing fifth in South America on Nov. 14 and 18.

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)

Defenders: Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona), Jonny Magallon (Guadalajara), Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo Osorio (VfB Stuttgart), Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmaar), Jose Antonio Castro (Tigres UANL), Oscar Rojas (America)

Midfielders: Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Andres Guardado (Deportivo Coruna), Pablo Barrera (Pumas UNAM)

Forwards: Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Guillermo Franco (West Ham United), Miguel Sabah (Morelia), Carlos Vela (Arsenal), Enrique Esqueda (America), Omar Arellano (Guadalajara) (Reporting by Carlos Calvo; Editing by Greg Stutchbury; to query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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