The newly appointed manager of the Mexican national football team, Victor Manuel Vucetich, has named 5 Europe-based players for El Tri’s upcoming couple of World Cup qualifiers and to everybody’s surprise, Carlos Vela is not one of those players.

The statements that Vela and Vucetich had made a few days ago had indicated that Vela was set to make his way back into the national team, but, that hasn’t happened. Vela has still been kept out.

According to a report, Vela himself told the team director Hector Gonzalez Inarritu yesterday that he couldn’t come back for the World Cup qualifiers because of fitness issue. This report hasn’t yet been confirmed though.

The 5 Europe-based players who are in the Mexican squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches are Javier Aquino, Javier Hernandez, Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Moreno and Giovani Dos Santos.

In one of his interviews earlier this week, when Vela was asked about his comeback for El Tri, he had said, “The doors are still open. If they need me, we can have a meeting and we can reach a conclusion.”

Vela hasn’t played international football since quite a while. The last time that he had featured for the Mexican team was in March 2011.

In the last couple of years, Vela has been requested a few times by the Mexican Football Federation to come back, but, he has refused to do that every time.

However, after the appointment of Vucetich as the new manager recently, Vela had given some positive hints and he was expected to return for the games against Costa Rica and Panama.

Mexico’s performance in the CONCACAF 4th round hasn’t been that impressive so far. They are currently at no. 5 in the points table with just 8 points in 8 matches.