With a key player suspended, Miguel Herrera is reportedly set to turn to a veteran presence as his Mexico side seeks to topple the Netherlands.
Veteran Carlos Salcido is set to start for Mexico against the Netherlands on Sunday in El Tri’s round of 16 match in Fortaleza.
Journalists from both ESPN and Fox confirmed Friday that 34-year-old Salcido will replace suspended Jose Juan Vazquez in the holding midfield role for Mexico.MORE: Worst hairstyles | Beautiful people in Brazil
Salcido is generally considered a left back, but since returning from Fulham to Mexico club Tigres in 2011, he has played mainly as a defensive midfielder.
Salcido re-signed to his first club, Chivas, ahead of the World Cup and has the experience of playing in the Netherlands after a stint at PSV Eindhoven between 2006 and 2010.
Leon’s Vazquez, 26, has been a revelation at the World Cup so far for Mexico with several media outlets citing "Gallito" as one of the emerging talents at Brazil 2014. He was booked in Mexico's second and third group matches, earning a mandatory one-match suspension.
Mexico’s squad left its base in Santos on Friday afternoon, flying from Sao Paulo to Fortaleza ahead of Sunday’s match.