Manchester United star set to lead out his country at Olympic opening ceremony in London

Mexican newspaper El Universal's sport offshoot Central Deportiva have reported that Manchester United star Javier Hernandez is in line to lead out the Mexican Olympic team at the opening ceremony in London this summer.

El Universal claim to have had contact with a source close to the Mexican Olympic delegation and say Hernandez is the leading candidate right now for the role. If selected he will become the first Mexican footballer to be given the honour. Reports suggest that he is ahead of Taekwondo champion Maria Del Rosario Espinoza and diving champion Paola Espinoza.

The opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics will be held on July 27th with the ceremony being broadcast to millions of people around the world. Hernandez is seen as an icon in Mexico due to his performances for the national team which includes appearances in the World Cup and the Gold Cup (Mexico won this tournament). His transfer to Manchester United in 2010 has propelled him on to the global stage and, though it's probably a tired cliché, he could be labelled as Mexico's David Beckham.

Over the past few weeks there has been speculation regarding whether Hernandez will be selected as one of the three over age players in the Mexico, but that now seems nailed on. The 23 year old has repeatedly expressed his desire to be part of the squad and El Universal reported last month that he had been speaking to the Mexican Olympic coach with regards to his participation. If selected it is likely that he will be joined by British based players Carlos Vela of Arsenal (on loan at Real Sociedad) and Giovani dos Santos of Tottenham Hotspur.

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At the weekend Fergie gave a pre-match interview where he said they are talking with Mexican FA to ensure Chicha has enough rest since he has never had a proper rest for 3yrs & its affecting his performances.

My guess is probabaly Fergie wanted Chicha to be excluded from Olympic team or any National team duties at the moment.

Will wait and see

Ferguson won't get his wish. Hernandez wants to play and Mexico want him. 

Ferguson will complain about the Olympics incessantly but it will come to nothing. 

So its up to Hernandez to make a decision whether to play or not but he might have to do with sitting on the bench for the first few weeks of next season.

He hasn't been at his best this season &  would do with a rest.

Fergie will obviously do everything to protect his interests but I also doubt they will listen to him

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