Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez a World Cup doubt after suffering knee injury in Mexico's draw with Nigeria
Hernandez was pessimistic over his injury after the match having collided with Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama
Thursday 06 March 2014
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is hoping a knee injury picked up in Mexico’s international draw with Nigeria will not affect his preparation for the 2014 World Cup finals.
Hernandez was forced off at the break after he collided with Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, with the 25-year-old set to undergo scans on the injury. The 57-time capped Mexican, who has scored a creditable 35 times on the international stage, will be hoping for good news with the World Cup on the horizon, but after the match his self-prognosis was not an optimistic one.
Speaking to Univision, Hernandez said: “I don't feel good, the [Nigerian] goalkeeper fell on top of me, I'll wait for the tests.”
One positive came from Mexico’s national team doctor Jose Vázquez, who confirmed that they have already ruled out ligament damage.
Speaking to ESPN Deportes, Vázquez said: “We have to wait to see how it evolves and to run the relevant tests.
“It's a blow, but we rule out the possibility of a knee ligament strain. There is only pain and there is no indication of instability in the knee.”
The blow is unlikely to dent United manager Davd Moyes’ plans for the season run-in too much though, with Hernandez seeing very little first team action having fallen behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order.
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