After being long reported by several parts of the media, including us here at GiveMeSport, Manchester United striker has officially been left out of Mexico's starting XI for El Tri's first game of the World Cup against Cameroon tomorrow.
New coach Miguel Herrera has gone with Oribe Peralta ahead of the Premier League striker. Peralta is a 30-year old forward that plays for Liga MX side Club America. The reason for Chicharito's absence is simply that Herrera trusts Peralta more. Oribe has scored consistently for El Tri - being their top scorer in qualifying - and he is currently seen as the better option to lead the line.
The decision to leave Hernandez out won't even have been the toughest decision he would have to make for his starting eleven. The goalkeeper spot was the real area of concern and Herrera has gone with Guillermo Ochoa getting the nod over Jesus Corona.
In Herrera’s favourite 5-3-2 formation, the veteran Rafa Marquez will lead the team in the libero role, with Hector Moreno on the left of the three center backs and Francisco Rodriguez on the right.
Club America teammates Miguel Layun and Paul Aguilar will be the play at left and right wing back respectively, and both will be charged with getting forward to help the attack on the overlap. Jose Juan Vazquez is charged with protecting the defense in the holding midfield role, with Porto’s promising 24-year old Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado in front of him in midfield.
Up front it is former Barcelona man Giovani Dos Santos beat out Chicharito to play alongside Peralta. The two will be reprising the partnership that proved so successful in winning the 2012 Olympics.
Mexico are woefully out of form but so is Hernandez. In Peralta they have a man they can rely on to perform, Hernandez doesn't guarantee that. The striker had his sides best chance to prove his worth in a pre-World Cup 1-0 loss to Bosnia. He hit the post when one-on-one with Asmir Begovic. That was his chance, his chance to prove his worth to Miguel Herrera and he fluffed it. And with that hit off the post went his chances of leading his country on the grandest stage of them all like he did in South Africa.
The United man will get a chance off the bench, he'll almost certainly come on as a substitute, but it won't be as big a chance as he'd be hoping to represent El Tri.