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Román Torres left off Panama's Copa América squad

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This may not come as much of a surprise, but Román Torres will not be playing in the Copa América Centenario. Panama head coach Hernán Darío Gómez named three MLS players to his roster for the upcoming tournament, but elected to leave the still-recovering Seattle center back off his list.

Panama faces a tough Group D, which besides themselves features Argentina, Bolivia, and defending Copa América champion Chile. Argentina and Chile currently hold first and third place in the FIFA World Ranking, respectively.

Torres, who used to captain Gomez's side, has not played for his national team since a friendly against Venezuela last September. While his timeline for recovery is still uncertain, he has returned to training with a ball, and it seems feasible that he could be back in games within a couple months. His original timeline was to be back 6-9 months after surgery.

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