Man United’s Javier Hernandez blocked by Jese Rodriguez at Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez

With the homegrown star returning from injury recently, the Mexican’s chances of playing have been reduced further.

Javier Hernandez left Old Trafford in the summer in search of regular first-team football, frustrated at the lack of chances to play at Manchester United last season.

A loan move to Real Madrid was certainly an exciting proposition, but it has proved to be a different club but the same old problems for the Mexico international.

With Karim Benzema the European champions’ lone centre forward in Carlo Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 formation, Chicharito has been forced to sit on from the sidelines for most of the campaign.

A paltry 164 minutes of La Liga action this term and only one start is probably less than he would have received at Old Trafford - and a new obstacle has been put in place for the ex-Guadalajara man in recent weeks.

Jese Rodriguez’s return from injury has added another attacker that Hernandez must compete with for a chance to play, with the homegrown hero a favourite of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd and seemingly Ancelotti too.

In the capital city side’s two Copa del Rey fixtures against Atletico Madrid, Jese was introduced from the bench, with Hernandez not in the match day squad on one occasion and an unused substitute on the other.

The 21-year-old is versatile enough to play anywhere across the frontline for Madrid, while removing Benzema, putting Jese on a wing and switching Cristiano Ronaldo to a central striker role is also an option for the Italian coach.

As such, Hernandez looks likely to face long spells away from the action for the remainder of 2014-15 and must think carefully about where he plays his football next season.

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