Nery Castillo will start for Mexico on Wednesday against Ecuador in Arizona, Sven-Goran Eriksson said on Monday. Castillo has not played for El Tri since March and has struggled for playing time with Manchester City as well but Castillo is a talent and Mexico needs him on the field.
But that was not the most surprising Nery news on Monday. Guadalajara daily Cancha reported Monday that Castillo has been added to Chivas' squads for both the Copa Sudamericana and the Apertura 2008 season. In fact, Cancha reported that Castillo could be in action for Chivas on Saturday in their regular-season finale against Indios and could also play a part in the playoffs, if Chivas gets that far.
Cancha quoted Chivas VP Nestor De La Torre as saying that Castillo has been added to Chivas' roster and that the arrival of his international pass is the only thing keeping Castillo from playing for Chivas.
"All the papers and everything else has been submitted," De La Torre told Cancha. "The Federation has accepted him for the two tournaments and we're simply waiting for his international pass."
This could mean more than just a brief stay in Guadalajara for Castillo. If he joins Chivas now, then it might be safe to assume that he would be a part of their team next season as well.
Chivas have had an interest in Castillo for some time but the chances of him playing in Mexico appeared slim as his stock rose following the summer tournaments in 2007. Now that he's fallen off the face of the European club scene, Castillo's options are limited and a spell with Chivas would probably do him well.
ADD: The Cancha cover is from Tuesday's edition.