Soccer  > World Cup  > Palacios cleared for Honduras, Suazo questionable
June 14, 2010, 02:56 PM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Wilson Palacios should be able to play in Honduras' World Cup opener, but manager Reinaldo Rueda was still waiting on further word about forward David Suazo.

Both were injured in the Catrachos' final prep game against Romania on June 5, a 3-0 loss in St. Veit an der Glan, Austira.

Palacios, who had to be removed by stretcher in the 67th minute with an abductor leg muscle injury, has been given a clean bill of health by the team doctor.

"Wilson is 100 percent...He is has gotten the OK from us and trained normally today," Dr. Oscar Benitez said Sunday.

Suazo is another matter. The Inter Milan forward left the Romania game in the 38th minute with a leg injury and was questionable for Wednesday's match against Chile.

"The coach is the one who decides who plays and who doesn't but from a physical standpoint, I can say that he is not in condition to play," team physio Carlos Velasco. "For a while now he is has been suffering from a series of muscle injuries and we have to be very careful that he does not become injured again."

Wednesday's match will be Honduras' first in the World Cup since 1982, when it drew twice and lost its other first-round game. The Catrachos, given support from President Porfirio "Pepe" who arrived Saturday, will be trying to win their first in six games since beating the United States 3-1 in a January friendly.

It will have to do it without the bench presence of Rueda, who must serve a suspension for being ejected from Honduras' final World Cup qualifier against El Salvador in October. Assistant Alexis Mendoza will be the coach on the bench.


Wednesday, June 16
Honduras vs. Chile
Spain vs. Switzerland
Monday, June 21
Chile vs. Switzerland
Spain vs. Honduras
Fruiday, June 25
Switzerland vs. Honduras
Chile vs. Spain

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