Mexican forward Hernandez to miss London Olympics

Manchester United says Javier Hernandez will not play for Mexico

at the London Olympics because the forward needs to rest for the

Premier League season.

Hernandez had been among the initial picks for the Olympics as

one of Mexico’s three players over the 23-year-old limit, but

United manager Alex Ferguson says the club has agreed with the

Mexican Football Federation that the forward is ”going to get the

requisite rest that he needs to perform in the Premier


Hernandez will play in Mexico’s two qualifiers for the 2014

World Cup on June 8 and 12. Then he will have a full offseason’s

rest for the first time in three years before the start of his

third season at United the weekend of Aug. 18.

Mexico’s opening match at the Olympics is July 26 against South