Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will miss Mexico’s Gold Cup campaign with a fractured collarbone after being taken to hospital on Wednesday.
Hernandez picked up the injury when he clashed with Brayan Beckeles in Mexico’s final warm-up match against Honduras and was replaced in the 41st minute by Oribe Peralta.
In the closing stage of the first half in Houston, Hernandez ran to collect the ball near the sideline but was pushed over from behind by Beckeles and fell on his right shoulder.
The Mexican striker immediately clutched his shoulder before beckoning to the bench, and was later shown getting into an ambulance after half-time.
“The fracture of the right collarbone has been confirmed,” team doctor Gerardo Aguilar said.
“He is being evaluated again in hospital to confirm what we found in a radiological study. He’ll be out for three to four weeks minimum.”
Coach Miguel Herrera said he was disappointed to see his striker get injured and admits it will affect his side ahead of the Gold Cup.
“It will have an impact on the group but we’re just thinking about what is ahead,” he said. “This is an unfortunate situation we cannot change.”
Hernandez has scored 40 goals in 74 appearances for Mexico, making him the second most-prolific goal-scorer in his country’s history behind Jared Borgetti (46).