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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Hernandez dumped for Celtic clash

ESPNsoccernet staff

Star Melbourne Victory midfielder and Carlos Hernandez has missed training on Tuesday after being dumped from the club's pre-season friendly against Scottish giants Celtic for disciplinary reasons.

Hernandez was dumped from the side for missing the start of pre-season training and instead going to the USA for a trial with Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake. The Costa Rican has evidently reacted poorly to the axing and skipper Adrian Leijer said Hernandez's actions have caused a disruption ahead of Wednesday's friendly in Melbourne.

"I think everyone knows what happened and we were very disappointed," Leijer told the Herald Sun. "He's let his team-mates down and now he's got a lot of work to do to get the respect back from his team-mates.

"It's disappointing, but we're all in this together and, hopefully, he realises the mistake he's made and comes back and does his best work on the park.

"It's a fine line but I think the club has handled it well, they've handled it in the right way. At the end of the day it's not good enough and as players we won't stand for it and as coaches they've shown they won't either."

Despite the apparent rift, Victory coach Mehmet Durakovic was hopeful the club could retain the playmaker's services for the upcoming A-League campaign.

"He went to America on trials of his own accord. We knew he was going to go on trials. We had some basic points to work out, told him to come back on the 4th of July, which he didn't. I decided he won't be playing."

"He's still a Melbourne Victory player, he's very important to us and we need him this year," he said.

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