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As Mexico prepares for its Gold Cup semifinal game against Honduras, it has reinforcements in tow.
Coach Jose Manuel de la Torre has called upon defenders Paul Aguilar (pictured above), Hector Reynoso and Hiram Mier to take the place of their suspended teammates for the remainder of the Gold Cup.
Mexico U-22 goalkeeper Luis Mitchel and attacker Marco Fabian, part of the team that Mexico is sending to Copa America, are in Colombia with the U-22s but are on-call should they be needed for the Gold Cup.
Aguilar, a right back, is the most experienced of the trio joining the team immediately, as he was on Mexico's roster for last summer's World Cup. Mier and Reynoso, both centerbacks with little to no senior international experience, will provide more depth to a defensive unit that lacked backups at each position after the suspensions.
FIFA and CONCACAF gave Mexico the green light to replace Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Rodriguez, Edgar Duenas, Sinha and Christian Bermudez after they followed a positive test for banned substance clenbuterol with a negative test a few weeks later.
Their cases are still under investigation, but Mexico was permitted to replace them for the remainder of the tournament.
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