Javier Hernandez was outstanding for Bayer Leverkusen last season, scoring 26 goals in 40 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.
The Mexican striker, for the first time in several years, was finally enjoying his football again.
The beaming smile had returned to his face and it seemed that Chicharito had finally found a place he could call home.
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Hernandez was linked with several clubs over the summer - including Bayern Munich - but the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker made it clear, in an interview with France Football, that he was happy to finally be playing regularly again following several frustrating seasons.
However, Leverkusen will be without their main centre-forward for Saturday’s Bundesliga opener against Borussia Monchengladbach following a bizarre accident at home.
Hernandez fell down the stairs at his house
The 28-year-old has broken his hand after he fell down the stairs at his house. Ouch.
As well as Leverkusen’s opening league match, Hernandez is also now likely to miss Mexico’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Honduras.
"Hernandez sustained a fracture of his right middle hand when he fell down the stairs of his home last night," a statement on Leverkusen’s official website read.
"He will not be able to play at Monchengladbach, and is set for at least two weeks on the sidelines.”
The statement also confirmed that Hernandez underwent successful surgery on Tuesday morning.
The news will come as a blow to Leverkusen, although the international break should mean he only misses one of their fixtures.
Chicharito off the mark already for this season
Hernandez scored in his first appearance of this season for Leverkusen, against Hauenstein in the German Cup, on Sunday.
Admir Mehmedi squared the ball to the Mexican, who produced a brilliant little dink over Kevin Urban.
Clearly still full of confidence, this minor setback shouldn’t affect Hernandez too much.
Although Roger Schmidt, the Leverkusen head coach, will probably tell him to be a little more careful around the house in future.
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