Two of the World Cup's most interesting prospects face off against each other on Friday night as Portugal take on a tough Mexico team.
Portugal face the prospect of tackling their immediate future without Ballon d'Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo, when it was revealed that the player has a tendinitis issue, per BBC Sport.
Mexico come off the back of a disappointing friendly loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina, failing to score and losing by a solitary goal.
Here is how you can watch this highly competitive World Cup warm-up match:
When: Saturday, June 7, at 1:30 a.m. BST/ Friday, June 6, at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA
TV: ESPN (U.S. only)
Live Stream: ESPN2 (U.S. only)
Chicharito in the Shop Window?
It has been a difficult year for Mexico striker Javier Hernandez having been a sideshow in David Moyes' spectacular failure at Manchester United.
The 26-year-old, who has just celebrated his birthday, has been on the fringes of United's team all year, which has damaged his form for his country.
The Little Pea had previously been hugely prolific for Mexico since the South Africa 2010 World Cup, but he has hit somewhat of a goal drought.
The player's dip in fortunes in front of goal was highlighted by Mexico football expert Tom Marshall from ESPNFC.
Marshall tweeted before Mexico's recent 1-0 loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina:
During the match, Chicharito struck a post but failed to break his goalscoring duck.
National coach Miguel Herrera was clear on his thoughts about Hernandez's change in fortunes in the past year.
Marshall tweeted, quoting the manager:
A strong showing at the World Cup could re-ignite Chicharito's career and put him in the shop window for a move away from Old Trafford.
The player needs more physical time on the pitch, and he has warmed the bench for far too long.
If the Little Pea can once again find his goalscoring boots then Mexico have a real chance of making the top two of Group A, featuring Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon. But he must find his form fast with the competition only now days away.
Can Portugal Cope Without Cristiano Ronaldo?
Running up to a major tournament, it is every international manager's nightmare: Losing your best player to injury.
But if you lose the best player on the planet and World Footballer of the Year, it is nothing short of cataclysmic.
Portugal face a race to get Cristiano Ronaldo ready for the World Cup with their national governing body saying that the player has a "muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitis," per FIFA.com.
The news is a devastating blow for Portugal, who had a good chance of progression with a fit and in-form CR7.
Team-mate Nani was more optimistic about Ronaldo's involvement.
The Manchester United winger said, per FIFA.com:
"We hope that Cristiano is in good enough shape to play - and to help the team. [Ronaldo] is going well, and he is relaxed about it ... Things are going the right way."
Portugal face a tough task in Group G with the favourites Germany, and both Ghana and United States. Though not quite a Group of Death, it will be significantly harder to reach the later rounds without their talisman attacker.
The test against Mexico will be interesting in Ronaldo's absence and will provide some idea how Portugal will fare in Brazil if their Real Madrid superstar does not beat the clock to be fit.
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