On Monday evening, it was reported that Chile, who have called up Ben Brereton Díaz to their squad despite the Blackburn Rovers star currently being sidelined with an ankle injury, were trying to see if he could feature in their upcoming game against Brazil.
The striker was meant to undergo some initial tests that would give some indication as to whether or not he was on the right track in his recovery to come back earlier than anticipated, and La Tercera are now claiming it’s looking better than first hoped.
It’s said the Blackburn man ‘passes the first test and excites La Roja’, having ‘responded well and trained normally’.
They add ‘he has options to travel to Rio de Janeiro’, but, much to Tony Mowbray’s undoubted relief, ‘the idea is not to risk him’, meaning that he will ‘be evaluated again’ on Tuesday to see how things are.
Appearing in training, it’s said Brereton Díaz ‘did well’ and ‘looked animated’, where ‘he biked and jogged’, but it’s made clear ‘the situation has not ceased to be delicate’ around the Blackburn star.
It’s said that Tuesday practice ‘is of vital importance’, and if the goalscorer ‘manages to withstand the training, his chances of at least traveling to Brazil increase’.
Regardless, though, the fact he has responded well to the first tests means there are ‘high chances that he will arrive in optimal conditions against Uruguay’, who are Chile’s second opponents in the current international break, with the game taking place a week from now.