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 By Tom Marshall

Mexico's Carlos Salcedo to require surgery, will miss three months

John Sutcliffe reports from Sochi on the keys to Mexico's victory in a game full of squad changes against New Zealand.

SOCHI, Russia -- Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo will require surgery and miss at least three months after injuring his shoulder during Mexico's 2-1 victory over New Zealand in Confederations Cup, his club, Eintracht Frankfurt confirmed on Thursday.

Salcedo, 23, was stretchered off the field in the 33rd minute of the match with the shoulder injury and was taken to hospital.

A news release from the Mexican federation early Thursday confirmed that Salcedo had damaged the ligament in the acromioclavicular joint when challenging for a header. 

Carlos Salcedo sustained the injury during Mexico's win over New Zealand.

Frankfurt, whom the former Chivas defender joined last week, later stated that Salcedo will return to Mexico for the surgery and be sidelined for an estimated three months.

"The injury comes at a very unfortunate time, especially because Carlos was so happy to be playing for his new club," Frankfurt board member Fredi Bobic said. "We wish him the best and we will be happy when he is back with us." 

Salcedo was one of only three players to start both Mexico's opening games of the Confederations Cup, but in line with the rules of the competition he cannot be replaced.

Hector Moreno is another injury concern for El Tri ahead of the vital final group game on Saturday against host nation Russia, although no details have been given out as yet. The Roma defender was taken off in the 68th minute against New Zealand, having come on to replace Salcedo.

Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.

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