Houston - Manchester United striker Javier
"Chicharito" Hernandez suffered a broken collarbone playing for
Mexico in a goal-less friendly Wednesday against Honduras and is expected to
miss the upcoming Gold Cup.
It was a first-half injury that took out the 27-year-old
Guadalajara native in the Mexicans' final tune-up match before the biennial
North American regional championship tournament that begins next week.
Hernandez has 40 goals in 73 caps for Mexico and losing him
is a major blow to Mexican hopes of taking the Gold Cup crown for a seventh
time in 13 editions of the event, having won in 1993, 1996 and 1998, 2003, 2009
Estimates from match broadcaster ESPN were that
"Chicharito" would need four to six weeks to recover.
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The injury took place when Hernandez was fouled from behind
by Honduran defender Brayan Beckeles as he went to play the ball and fell
awkwardly onto his right arm and shoulder.
He rose to a seated position and pointed to his right
shoulder as he motioned for a trainer.
While his teammates played the second half, Hernandez was
taken to a local hospital.
"Chicharito" has 59 goals in 154 appearances for
Manchester United and he scored nine goals in 33 matches for Real Madrid last
season on loan.
The Mexican team enters the Gold Cup on a seven-match
winless streak, its longest since 2001.
Mexico is set to face Cuba, Guatemala and Trinidad and
Tobago in Gold Cup group stage matches.For
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