Mexico has 4 center-forwards in coaching for its World Cup warmup matches this week however will take solely three strikers to Qatar and Javier Hernandez won’t be in both group, coach Tata Martino confirmed Tuesday evening.
Martino dominated out ‘Chicharito’ from an look in his fourth World Cup whereas talking on the concourse on the stadium the participant calls house with the LA Galaxy.
Whereas the 34-year-old is having a largely excellent season together with his MLS membership, Martino is targeted on the opposite 4 candidates to steer the road when Mexico makes an attempt to interrupt out of a troublesome World Cup group.
Chicharito is Mexico’s all-time main purpose scorer with 52 to his identify. He is made 12 appearances within the World Cup throughout the 2010, 2014, and 2018 editions, bagging 4 targets and one help.
LA Galaxy and Mexico striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez will miss the upcoming World Cup
Regardless of rumors Martino may select all 4 center-forwards or recall Chicharito to bolster a workforce that endured a stretch of poor offense throughout CONCACAF qualifiers, Martino stated he’ll take solely three of the candidates to Qatar.
‘Within the case of Chicharito, we’re merely going with different forwards,’ Martino stated. ‘We are going to attempt to decide on the 26 gamers who’re closest to our sport.’
These forwards are Raul Jimenez, Rogelio Funes Mori, Henry Martin and Santiago Gimenez, however not everybody is able to play. Jimenez is working by a groin damage that has saved him out of Wolverhampton Wanderers lineup just lately in England, whereas Funes Mori has been out just lately with a muscular damage after a robust begin to his season with Liga MX’s Monterrey.
Martino would not count on Jimenez or Funes Mori to play in opposition to Peru on Saturday on the Rose Bowl or in opposition to Colombia in California’s Bay Space on Monday, however they’re with El Tri for coaching, restoration and reference to their teammates.
Chicharito made his World Cup debut in 2010, scoring his 1st purpose the following match vs France
‘Now we have two [forwards] who can play and two who cannot,’ Martino stated. ‘What I like is that we do not have not sufficient gamers. 4 forwards should not going to go [to Qatar], however so long as they make it troublesome for me to decide on, I am very glad about that. Absolutely there might be discuss of who’s unnoticed, however the issue might be abundance and never shortage.’
Martino admitted that he’s involved in regards to the health of first-choice striker Jimenez, who has began simply two Premier League video games thus far this season, however stays hopeful his place on the World Cup just isn’t in severe doubt.
‘I wish to assume not, there may be loads of time for him to recuperate,’ Martino stated.
‘[But] I by no means thought we might be on this scenario. I believed that it wasn’t so severe, it is not very severe, however I do have to offer it numerous thought.’
The scenario is much extra precarious for fellow key man, Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona. The Sevilla winger fractured his fibula in a coaching session final month, seemingly ruling him out of the World Cup.
He scored within the Spherical of 16 in opposition to Argentina, however Mexico couldn’t advance additional. This stays his solely purpose scored within the knockout phases of the World Cup.
Martino, although, advised that the 29-year-old nonetheless has an opportunity of creating the journey to the Qatar.
‘The aspiration that we have now, within the first days of October, is that he can work with our medical workers,’ Martino added. ‘[Hopefully] he has some possibilities to battle for a spot.’
Mexico completed second within the CONCACAF qualifiers behind Canada, however Martino’s workforce scored simply 4 targets in its last 5 qualifying matches regardless of having each Jimenez and Corona out there.
These offensive struggles and the brand new damage issues appear harmful for Mexico’s hopes of escaping a bunch that additionally consists of world energy Argentina and a Poland squad led by Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski.
Even the gamers have seen that Mexican followers are downbeat in regards to the workforce’s possibilities, however that is hardly uncommon for a nationwide workforce that has identified its share of heartbreak.
In 2014 – his least productive World Cup – Chicharito solely managed one purpose in opposition to Croatia
Veteran center-back Hector Moreno hopes El Tri’s supporters will discover some optimism — and he hopes the workforce can present it with two sturdy performances in California this week.
‘On paper, it is a robust group,’ Moreno stated. ‘Argentina is among the candidates to win the entire event. However you continue to need to play these video games.
‘Within the final World Cup, you by no means would have thought we might beat Germany, after which lose to Sweden, both. Now we have to concentrate on Poland, after which after that, we have now to concentrate on Argentina and [Lionel] Messi, one of the best on the planet.
‘We’re all the time going to have large challenges at this degree, and people are two large challenges, however I feel we might be prepared.’
Chicharito’s last purpose within the World Cup got here in opposition to South Korea in 2018. That helped them safe development to the knockout phases, the place they as soon as once more fell within the Spherical of 16.