The Argentine manager of Monarcas Morelia, Ruben Omar Romano, says he is optimistic his team will be one of eight squads to qualify for next month's Mexican soccer league playoffs.

Morelia, which played first-place Tijuana to a 1-1 tie on Saturday, currently sits in sixth place in the standings.

Romano's team will go on the road to take on second-place Toluca this weekend and then will play its final regular-season match at home on Nov. 9 against Santos Laguna, which is currently in a tie for eighth.

"The team is mentally in very good shape to go for the win against Toluca and beat Santos," the coach said.

Romano confirmed that striker Miguel Sabah, a member of the Mexican national team, will not play against Toluca due to a muscle strain.

Left winger Carlos Morales is doubtful for that contest and Colombian midfielder Aldo Leao Ramirez also will not be available after accumulating too many yellow cards. EFE