The competition to be the top scorer in Mexican first division soccer will heat up with the return to action of Chilean striker Esteban Paredes, who missed four matches due to injury.

Paredes, who plays for Atlante, is one of four players with six goals, just one fewer than America's Ecuadorian star, Christian Benitez.

The other contenders for the scoring crown are also foreigners: Colombians Carlos Darwin Quintero and Luis Gabriel Rey, of Santos Laguna and Chiapas, respectively; and Tigres' Argentine gunner, Lucas Lobos.

With only four games left in the Liga Mx Apertura season, the top homegrown scorer is Rafael Marquez Lugo, now sidelined by injury.

"In the four matches I missed, our performance declined a lot," Paredes said. "Now there's no more margin for error."

The Chilean is expected to be in the starting lineup for Atlante's match Sunday against Chivas.

While Lobos last scored weeks ago and Quintero and Benitez are also suffering through a dry spell, Rey has three markers in his last two games. EFE