Brazil will be favourites to win their last-16 clash against Chile at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte today, but even then, they will not like the latest news coming out of the La Roja camp.
Arturo Vidal is one of Chile’s best players and there was a distinct possibility that he may miss today’s match due to an ongoing knee problem.
The 27-year-old midfielder, regarded by many to be the best in his position, has been suffering with the injury of late.
The Juventus star still carries the knock, but he will start the encounter against Brazil, according to Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli, which will make it tougher for Brazil to book their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
‘Arturo will play against Brazil’, Goal.com quotes the 54-year-old as saying. ‘He is nowhere near 100% fit, but he's a guarantee, an emblem. For Juventus in the Europa League (last season), he played at 30 or 35% fit and he's the kind of player who can do that. He's doing everything he can to be involved’.
Vidal has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, with the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder’s agent believed to be in Brazil at the moment in order to negotiate a deal with the Red Devils.
Spanish giants and last season’s Champions League winners Real Madrid are also reported to be interested in Vidal, who recently admitted that he does not know if he will stay at Juventus beyond the summer.
Vidal is a fighter and a player who wants to feature in every game irrespective of his fitness. That much is clear from the comments made by Sampaoli, who also points out how played for Juve in the Europa League in the 2013-14 campaign despite struggling with fitness issues.
This should come as good news for United fans, as they will know that if the Manchester outfit do sign the former Colo-Colo star, then they will get a player who will be very committed to their cause and will want to play football at all times.