Midfielder Javier Aquino will replace Luis Montes on the Mexican National Team 23-man roster that will travel to South America to participate in the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup. Montes suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in an exhibition friendly match against Ecuador on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Aquino is on a tour of Asia with CF Villarreal performing their pre-season. He was included in Miguel “Piojo” Herrera’s 30-man preliminary roster; one of the seven left off the list that could be called up in case of an injury prior to opening day. Villarreal congratulated Aquino on their website for his cap to the Mexican national team.
“From China to the world cup,” the team tweeted Sunday morning. “The ‘familia amarilla’ congratulates Javier Aquino on his cap to the world cup.”
The 24 year-old boards the plane to Brazil after the unfortunate accident that left Montes, and Ecuadorian Segundo Castillo out of action.
“Unfortunately it’s from an injury to a teammate, which is something no one ever wishes on another,” Aquino told ESPN Deportes. “Though one wants to reach the cup on their own merit. In the end, things worked out this way.”
The former Cruz Azul midfielder has been a constant call up to the Mexican national team playing in 21 games. He won the 2011 Pan American games with the U-23. In 2012 he won several titles. First the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the 2012 Toulon Tournament in France, and the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The midfielder was a key player in helping the “Yellow Submarine” earn promotion to the first division in 2013. Aquino will join his Spanish La Liga teammate Giovani dos Santos with Mexico. Javier Aquino is the second player that Mexico calls up due to injury.