Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez will not be a part of Mexico's Olympic soccer team as he will get some much needed rest instead. Ferguson wants the striker to at least have 28 days of absolute rest so that he may be fit and ready for next season.
Chicharito has been playing non-stop for three years straight and Ferguson attributes his dip in form this season to the constant strain that both club and country have had on the player. After completing the Mexican league with club Guadalajara, Chicharito then featured in the squad for his country at the 2010 World Cup. Next it was on to Manchester to play a full season with his new club, ending with the Champion's League final, and then featured again for Mexico at last summer's Gold Cup.
Now the Red Devil's manager is determined to give his star striker a well-deserved rest.
"His form last season was fantastic", Ferguson said. "He's found the second year more difficult, but a lot of that is down to not having a summer break for three years and playing every summer for his country."
With Mexico's two World Cup qualifiers still to come in June, Ferguson is understandably reluctant to let his first team squad members play themselves into exhaustion. The 2012 Olympics, although taking place in Great Britain thus eliminating any strenuous travel, may not end for Mexico's soccer team until August 1 and even then may go on for longer than that.
Chicharito was not able to follow up his fine form from his first season for this premier league campaign, but the striker has shown signs of tiredness with injuries picked up throughout the season. The injuries may have taken him longer to recover due to the lack of rest that he has had. His sharpness in front of goal has also been missing in many games which is among the aspects of Chicharito's game that United hope to put back on track with a full summer's rest.
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