After concerns at the start of the week that Mexico might have to do without Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez when it meets Germany in a Confederations Cup semifinal Thursday, the forward looks to be fit and ready to go after a bout of muscular fatigue.
Center back Hector Moreno made a return from an injury of his own in El Tri's 2-1 win against Russia, after it looked like a left ankle problem would keep him out of the final group game.
Mexico's Gold Cup attack seeking rhythm
Getting those players back is great news for Mexico and coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who will need them to be at their best if the side is going to get past the reigning world champion and move into the final against Chile.
Chicharito knew heading into the tournament that he needed to stand out, and it started off well with an excellent game against Portugal that included a goal in the 42nd minute in the 2-2 draw. Moreno had the other goal, but his headers are not the only contribution he makes to Mexico going forward. The newly signed Roma defender starts plenty of attacks, and often that's thanks to the link he has with Chicharito. The forward will drop into the midfield to look for space to turn and start to the attack once the left-footed defender finds him with the ball.
The forward also has been far more free ranging this summer than in past Mexico games, interchanging with Raul Jimenez on the left as Mexico looks to get a higher number of players in one area of the field than the opponent can commit defenders to — or lure them in and change the point of attack.