Tigres uses Liga MX playoff break to heal injuries

Alberto Acosta (pictured) appeared in six regular-season games for Tigres during the 2016 Liga MX Apertura. (Photo: Tomas Palacio/Straffon Images)

SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – Tigres may have earned a place in the 2016 Liga MX Apertura final on Saturday, but it will have to wait until December 22 for the two-legged series to start.

The reason for the delay, however, is an understandable one. UANL’s opponent, Club America, is in Japan for the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup; an obligation that could keep the Aguilas abroad until December 18, the date of the championship match.

As a result, Tigres hopes that the 17-day break will give some of those with knocks time to recover. Midfielders Alberto Acosta (leg) and Manuel Viniegra (ankle), as well as forward Luis Quiñones (thigh), especially, have been nursing injuries for various periods of time.

While Acosta and Viniegra seem the closest to returning, Quiñones remains questionable.

Regardless, defender Ivan Estrada believes Tigres’ has enough depth to handle any personnel situation.

“It’s a very competitive team, it’s very deep,” said the 33-year-old, who has made four appearances during the current playoffs. “It has very good players. Even if they come on for just a little bit, they try to do the best and are always available for the club.”

Tigres has won three straight post-season games, conceding only one goal over that stretch.