Chile Squad Announced

Alexis Sanchez was, as expected, the biggest omission from the Chilean national side as Claudio Borghi announced his squad for the first World Cup 2014 qualification double header.

The Barcelona forward was ruled out with a torn hamstring after suffering the injury in Barcelona’s 2-2 with Real Sociedad, ruling him out for eight weeks. He now misses the games against rivals Argentina on Friday October 7 and Peru on Tuesday October 11.

Mauricio Pinilla, one of six players playing in Italy, is again called up to the national team. The striker has had to pull out of squads in the past because of injury but the Palermo striker will be looking to add to his haul of 21 caps. Pinigol gives the side an extra dimension in attack, providing an aerial threat and presence in the final third.

Eduardo Vargas is also brought into the squad. A just reward for his fine goalscoring form for Universidad de Chile.

Colo Colo are the team most represented with five players taking the number of players playing in the Primera Division to ten.

Here is the squad in full:

Goalkeepers

Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad)

Miguel Pinto (Atlas)

Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica)

Defenders

Pablo Contreras (Paok Salonica)

Sebastian Toro (Colo Colo)

Waldo Ponce (Cruz Azul)

Christian Vilches (Colo Colo)

Gonzalo Jara (West Bromwich Albion)

Midfielders

Gary Medel (Sevilla)

Carlos Carmona (Atalanta)

Francisco Silva (Universidad Catolica)

Arturo Vidal (Juventus)

Felipe Seymour (Genoa)

Mauricio Isla (Udinese)

Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo)

Charles Aranguiz (Universidad de Chile)

Matias Fernandez (Sporting Lisbon)

Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras)

Cristobal Jorquera (Genoa)

Jean Beausejour (Birmingham City)

Matias Campo Toro (Audax Italiano)

Forwards

Humberto Suazo (Monterrey)

Mauricio Pinilla (Palermo)

Eduardo Vargas ( Universidad de Chile)

Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo)

Carlos Munoz (Colo Colo)

7/10/11 – Argentina v Chile – Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires

11/10/11 – Chile v Peru – Santiago

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