Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela will not be available for selection for the World Cup in Brazil, according to the Mexican football federation.
Vela, who left the Gunners in 2012 after failing to establish himself as a regular starter, has not played for his country since 2011.
The decision from Vela was revealed on the website of the federation: “Vela says he is not 100% mentally and emotionally ready."
The announcement comes after a tumultuous four-year relationship between the player and his country.
In 2010, the 24-year-old was suspended for six months after he, along with teammate Efrain Juarez, allegedly held a party at the team hotel.
A year later, he ruled himself out of the Concacaf Gold Cup, and then said he did not want to be selected for the London Olympics, which Mexico won.
And he is expected to be a big miss for the Central American side, who have hosts Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon in their group.
His form this season has been impressive. He has scored nine goals in 21 La Liga games for Real Sociedad this season, and his unavailability may result in an over-reliance on Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez.
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