CHICAGO (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez starts for Mexico in tonight’s pre-World Cup friendly clash against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
Hernandez, who has struggled with his form with Man United this past season, started on the bench in the game against Ecuador before coming on in the second half, but head coach Miguel Herrera has decided to name him in his starting XI this time.
Attacker Luis Montes, who netted the opener in the 3-1 win over Ecuador on Saturday, misses the game and is also out of the World Cup because of a broken leg he picked up during the last outing.
Amongst those dropped to the bench for this game are defender Rafael Márquez and Giovani Dos Santos, while Jose de Jesus Corona and Guillermo Ochoa are also on the bench with Alfredo Talavera starting in goal for Mexico.
Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, who initially was not in the starting lineup, was a late selection to lead the attack for Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Dzeko was in good form recently in his team’s 2-1 win over Ivory Coast when he scored both goals for the victors.
In the meantime, Roma star midfielder Miralem Pjanić, who has been tipped for a big summer in Brazil starts.
Mexico is in a very tough Group A where the CONCACAF side will face hosts Brazil, Cameroon and Croatia.
Dzeko and Bosnia-Herzegovina are in Group F where they will battle with Lionel Messi’s Argentina, as well as Iran and Nigeria.