Mexico are through to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup, where a meeting with World Cup champions Germany awaits them. But while Germany are without some of their best players, they have played well in Russia and Mexico are hardly at full strength either.
Injuries and suspensions have taken their toll on Juan Carlos Osorio's squad, with blows dealt to their top striker, top defender and captain. Here's what they're dealing with:
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Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez
It's been a long year for Chicharito. Bayer Leverkusen leaned on him all season, going back to last August when they were balancing Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Pokal action. He had a couple injuries too, and Mexico obviously relied heavily upon him. Now, a month into work with El Tri, with training camp, World Cup qualifying and the Confederations Cup, he's tiring.
Chicharito exited Mexico training after warmups on Monday, reportedly due to general muscle fatigue. It appears as if he'll play on Thursday against Germany, but how effective will he be?
The El Tri captain picked up a pair of yellow cards in the group stage so he's suspended for the semifinal clash. Juan Carlos Osorio will have to find a midfielder to replace him, but beyond that, he'll need others to step up as leaders in a match that will undoubtedly test Mexico.
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Moreno came off the bench as an injury substitution in Mexico's win over New Zealand, but didn't make it to the final whistle because he also got hurt. He played in the following match against Russia, but did not look to be at full fitness, getting beat on a couple plays he normally makes.
Salcedo injured his shoulder in Mexico's win over New Zealand and has been ruled out for the tournament. Capable of playing as a centerback or on the right, he was valuable to a team that is now dealing with injuries in the center and has long been thin at fullback.
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