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The new Mexico manager left behind one of his veteran players for on-field reasons, while reassuring that Guillermo Ochoa is committed to El Tri regardless of whether he starts.

Valencia player Andres Guardado’s absence from the Mexico squad was down to purely on-the-field performance.

El Tri coach Victor Manuel Vucetich said Monday that Guardado – a consistent member of Mexico’s squad since the 2006 World Cup – had been omitted solely because of his poor form.

“I didn’t bring in Guardado, because, for me, he’s not going through a good moment,” Vucetich said at a press conference in Mexico City. “It’s a tactical decision.”

Vucetich went on to talk about goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and was adamant the Ajaccio shotstopper did not place any conditions about starting on his return to El Tri.

“I spoke with him (Ochoa), and he didn’t have any conditions, he’s committed and wants to come,” Vucetich said.

There were also some words about Real Sociedad’s Carlos Vela, who again refused a call-up, with Vucetich keen to put an end to the episode.

“We have to close the chapter in order to not get distracted and out of respect for the players that are here,” Vucetich added.

In other Mexico national team news, Hector Moreno is a doubt for Espanyol’s game against Elche next weekend with a hamstring complaint, but Giovani Dos Santos is fully fit to play for Villarreal despite fracturing his left little finger.

Mexico’s domestic-based players are once again training in Mexico City until Wednesday in preparation for next month’s vital World Cup qualifiers, in which El Tri’s participation at Brazil 2014 will be at stake.

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