Striker Humberto Suazo will miss Chile’s opening World Cup Group H game against Honduras with a hamstring injury.
Suazo suffered a tear to his left hamstring during the team’s 3-0 win over Israel on Sunday. Initial reports suggested he may miss the entire tournament but local sources have since said that medical tests indicate an absence of two to three weeks.
Chile play Honduras on June 16th and Switzerland on June 21st meaning the powerful Suazo could miss both games. They complete the group phase with a tough test against Spain on June 25th.
Losing Suazo is a major blow for Chile who harbour realistic hopes of progressing to the knockout stages. He was top scorer in South American qualifying with ten goals and the only outfield player to figure in all of the side’s eighteen games.
Marcelo Bielsa may look to the likes of Fabian Orellana or Esteban Paredes to lead the attack in Suazo’s absence.