MOSCOW, Russia, Sporting Alert — Claudio Bravo passed a fitness test and will start in goal for Chile in today’s 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, group stage clash against Australia at Spartak Stadium here in Moscow.
Bravo missed the opening two games against Cameroon and Germany but is fit again and takes his place between the sticks.
The Manchester City goalkeeper, who came over from Barcelona last summer, hasn’t played competitively since April 27, following a calf injury in a derby game with Manchester United in the English Premier League.
“Claudio is fit, he’s managed to train the last couple of days just like his other teammates. He’s ready and available to play,” Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.
Bravo will replace backup Johnny Herrera, who featured in Chile’s win over Cameroon and draw with Germany in the previous two group stage games.
Alexis Sánchez, who recently became Chile’s all-time leading goalscorer, also takes a place in the starting lineup.
The Arsenal forward has been battling with an ankle injury, but starts alongside Eduardo Vargas in the attack.
Sanchez, who shares the record with Bravo for the most caps in Chile’s history with 112 appearances apiece, became his country’s all-time leading scorer with 38 international goals after scoring in the a 1-1 draw against Germany in the last outing.
He was quoted by FIFA.com as saying: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I’ll perhaps only realise what it means after a little time goes by or when I’m old even.
“For the time being, I just want to keep enjoying myself with the national team.”
Arturo Vidal, Gonzalo Jara, Mauricio Isla, Francisco Silva and José Fuenzalida are also among the starters for Chile.
Pablo Hernández, Gary Medel and Jean Beauséjour are listed with the substitutes.
Meanwhile, veteran forward Tim Cahill, earning his 100th national cap, is among the starters today for Australia.
Cahill, the former Everton midfielder, will captain the team and he plays alongside Robbie Kruse in the attack.
The Socceroos suffered a 3-2 defeat against Germany in their first game before drawing 1-1 with Cameroon in the previous match.
Chile XI: Claudio Bravo 18 Gonzalo Jara 13 Paulo Díaz 2 Eugenio Mena 4 Mauricio Isla 5 Francisco Silva 20 Charles Aránguiz 6 José Fuenzalida 8 Arturo Vidal 7 Alexis Sánchez 11
Australia XI: Maty Ryan 20 Trent Sainsbury 14 James Troisi 19 Ryan McGowan 5 Mark Milligan 21 Massimo Luongo 16 Aziz Eraltay 22 Jackson Irvine 9 Tomislav Juric 4 Tim Cahill 10