Mag­i­cal 48 hours for Mex­ico’s Erick Gu­tier­rez

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

In just 48 hours, Mex­ico mid­fielder Erick Gu­tier­rez re­ceived two of the big­gest pieces of news in his life.

On Monday, he wel­comed his first child, and on Wednesday he was cho­sen at the last minute to play in his first World Cup.

The 22-year-old Gu­tier­rez was an emer­gency re­place­ment for Diego Reyes, who was ruled out af­ter fail­ing to re­cover in time from a thigh in­jury.

While Gu­tier­rez wasn't part of the orig­i­nal squad, he trav­eled with the team.

Gu­tier­rez says "I want to en­joy my time here and I know I have to be pa­tient. It's sad what hap­pened to Diego, and I know be­cause it hap­pened to me be­fore a tour­na­ment. Now I just have to give them my best."

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