Mexico’s “Chicharito”, Javier Hernández will miss the Gold Cup

By CARLOS RODRÍGUEZ, Associated Press

Javier Hernandez is recovering from surgery after breaking his collarbone and will be back on the field in four weeks’ time.

Mexico’s star forward, Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, underwent collar bone surgery and will miss the Gold Cup, which is set to kick off next week, according to the Mexican Federation of Football.

Javier “El Chicharito” Hernández will not be playing this year’s Gold Cup from the 7th to the 26th of July, due to a collarbone injury and surgery. The player, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, was operated in Houston on Thursday after he was injured in a friendly match between Mexico and Honduras.

“El Chicharito” suffered the injury 41 minutes after the whistle blew off the star of the match, right as he collided with Honduran defender Brayan Beckeles. He was then taken into Houston, where he spent the night and was afterward intervened.

The player underwent surgery this morning, and the outcome was successful. It was a clean intervention, with no mishaps”, stated Mexico’s team doctor Gerardo Aguilar. “The future looks very promising and there are great hopes that he may recover very soon, in about 4 weeks’ time”.

And that is how Mexico will debut in the Gold Cup on July 9th, playing against Cuba. The Mexican Football Federation informed that the forward player, Javier Orozco will be replacing “El Chicharito” Hernandez.

javier chicharito hernandez

Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez, spent last season on loan at Real Madrid and belonging to the Manchester United, is Mexico’s second player that will not be in the tournament. This will leave the team without 2 of its best players, after defender Hector Moreno was also ruled out of the tournament only last Monday, due to a fracture on his right foot’s toe.

Mexico’s football coach Miguel Herrera, stated in a press conference after the Mexico-Honduras friendly match, that “these are unfortunate circumstances, but they must work as a team to move forward”.

The fact that “El Chicharito” will not be playing this year’s Gold Cup is somewhat of a sensitive topic, since he is the second best forward player in the history of Mexico, with 40 goals, only beaten by Jared Borgetti (46).

Mexico, who was eliminated during the semi-finals of the previous edition of the Gold Cup, must win this year’s tournament, for a chance in the FIFA Confederation Cup 2017.

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