On Thursday, Mexico coach Miguel Herrera released the domestic call-up list for the friendly that Mexico will play on March 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta against Nigeria. One name which many expected to see but was not included is that of Cruz Azul attacking midfielder Marco Fabian.
The last we saw of Fabian playing for ‘El Tri’, he was a member of the 2013 Gold Cup team that highlighted everything of what was wrong with the end of the Jose Manuel De La Torre era, despite making the semifinals. That said, Fabian was one of a few players who played well and was not stigmatized for playing poorly during the tournament.
After that, Fabian then went through a disastrous six months with Chivas, where everything that could go wrong did so, including him having a public spat with the fans.
It is because of the talent and how Marco Fabian has played so far in 2014 that many were expecting that Herrera would include him for the friendly against Nigeria , but the decision not to do so is a prudent one by Herrera. While Fabian is certainly in a good run of form at the moment, this alone does not mean he should have been included into the squad.
Now, that is not to say that if Fabian continues his fine form that he could not be called up for the April 2 friendly against the USA, which could happen. But given that Herrera is in the process of solidifying the squad which will compete this summer in Brazil, there is no room for Fabian right now.
At the same time, Fabian also needs to continue to grow and stay on the path of professional rehabilitation. The best thing for Fabian and for Mexico is for him to continue his high level of play.