Honduras add Hernandez for Socceroos WCQ

Nov 6, 2017 - 5:08 PM Honduras have announced a surprise recall for Eddie Hernandez with the powerful striker set to recover from a fractured cheekbone in time for the weekend's World Cup playoff against Australia.

Hernandez has scored six goals in 19 internationals and was a key player in Honduras' past two qualifiers, scoring a goal in the 1-1 draw with Costa Rica and providing an assist in the 3-2 win over Mexico that secured their play-off spot.

However, he was initially overlooked due to his facial injury when coach Jorge Luis Pinto named his squad to play the Socceroos, with veteran Carlo Costly taking his place.

The facial injury means Hernandez would need to wear a protective mask should he be selected for the first-leg match on Friday (Saturday AEDT).

"My recovery has been quite good and that is why it was (coach Jorge Pinto's) decision to take me into account at the last minute," Hernandez said in an interview with Honduran media.

"The doctor evaluated me on Wednesday and told me that everything was fine, surprised how I had recovered."

"He told me not to have any fear; that was the first recommendation he gave me, and to train normally, always with protection on my face."

Hernandez said the call up did not guarantee he would feature against Ange Postecolgou's men.

"I feel very good but I could not give you a percentage (chance of playing) right now ... hopefully this week I will get a green light," he said.

Goalkeeper Kevin Hernandez has also been brought into the squad by Pinto.

The 31-year-old is the custodian at Honduran club Real Espana, which the Socceroos are using as a training base in San Pedro Sula.

The playoff concludes with the second leg in Sydney on November 15.

Source: AAP

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