Quick, skilful and incisive, Abel Hernandez is a confident, opportunistic forward who can play through the middle or on either wing, thanks to his ability with both his left and weaker right foot.

 

Hernandez, nicknamed La Joya, rose through the youth ranks at Central Espanol and made his first-team debut aged 17. He went on to score 12 goals in 24 games for the club, before earning a fleeting move to Penarol. Indeed, after finishing joint-top scorer in the qualifying tournament for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009, he was on the move again, this time to Palermo in Italy.

 

After scoring once at Egypt 2009, Hernandez got down to work at his new club and gradually began to establish himself in the first team. His progress did not go unnoticed by Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez, who gave him his first senior cap in a friendly against Angola in the build-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Hernandez won the penalty that brought Uruguay's opener, before scoring his first international goal later in the same game. 

 

Despite a string of injuries, Hernandez featured in both the 2011 Copa America and the Men's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012. He has also been a regular in Uruguay's squad for the Brazil 2014 preliminaries, although he has yet to play any part.