Manchester United have confirmed that Mexican striker Javier Hernandez will not be taking part in the Olympics.

Clubs are not obliged to release the players over the age of 23.

Only three players over the age of 23 can take part in the Olympics tournament. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said that it was absurd on the part of the national teams to be naming so many young players for the Olympic squad.

Manchester United would have to be without half their squad due to the Euro 2012 and the Olympics. However, they have received a boost in the form of Hernandez after Sir Alex Ferguson blocked his Mexican striker from playing in the Olympics.

Hernandez has not been a first-team regular for Manchester United this season. Due to the form of England striker Danny Welbeck, he has largely found himself on the bench.

Yet, Ferguson thinks that he is a key player for Manchester United next season. In order to prepare for the next season, players should be taking part in a pre-season programme, which would help them gel with the other players. However, Sir Alex Ferguson thinks that the huge number of international tournaments this summer would hamper the preparations of Manchester United next season.

"His form last season was fantastic. He’s found the second year more difficult, but a lot of that is down to not having a summer break for three years and playing every summer for his country. Next year he will be fine as we have agreed with the Mexican Football Association that he is going to get the requisite rest that he needs to perform in the Premier League," said Sir Alex Ferguson after blocking Hernandez from playing in the Olympics. The 23-year-old is one of the many over-age players announced in the squad.