In the latest installment of the ongoing Club Versus Country row, Sir Alex Ferguson has waded in and imposed rest upon Mexico’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez. The move means that the striker will not participate in this summer’s Olympic Games in London.
Hernandez had been put forward as one of the Mexican soccer team’s three overage players –the player who turns 24 next month just misses out on the 23-year-old limit –and it had been suggested that the cult figure could have been the nation’s flag bearer in the opening ceremonies.
Ferguson has informed the Mexican FA that Chicharito will be doing no such thing.
In a deal struck between the two faction it has been decided that if Chicharito cannot play in the Olympics then he will not be touring with Manchester United either, with the attacker being given the whole summer off to recuperate and prepare for a tilt at the English Premier League in the 2012/13 season.
The player has been informed that he may play in the two Olympic qualifier matches that the Mexicans are scheduled to play, but as soon as the Games begin Hernandez will be on ice.
In a somewhat blunt statement United’s manager said, “Next year he will be fine as we have agreed with the Mexican Football Association that he is going to get the requisite rest he needs to perform in the Premier League.”
In the meantime there is much speculation about who will be picked for the controversial Great Britain soccer side for the Olympics, with Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale widely expected to be picked. David Beckham is also generating much speculation, although his recent poor form for LA Galaxy could prove too much of a stumbling block for the selectors.