Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will not feature for Mexico at this year’s Olympic Games, the club confirmed on Thursday.
The 23-year-old represented his country at the 2010 World Cup prior to his first season at Old Trafford while, last summer, he shone for his country in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, ending as the tournament’s top goalscorer.
Hernandez, who was called up as one of Mexico’s three players over the age of 23, had also been linked with carrying the nation’s flag at the opening ceremony.
But United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes the forward has shown fatigue in his second campaign and has insisted that a full rest this summer will be beneficial.
“His form last season was fantastic. 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,” Ferguson told the club’s official website.
“Next year he will be fine as we have agreed with the Mexican Football Association that he is going to get the requisite rest that he needs to perform in the Premier League.”
The club did, however, confirm Hernandez’s involvement in Mexico’s two World Cup qualifiers in June.