The Chilean midfield maestro has been declared fit to take his place against Australia.
Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli has declared key midfielder Arturo Vidal fit for Chile’s Group B World Cup clash with Australia.
The Juventus player’s participation in the World Cup was under a cloud after struggling with inflammation in his knee since having surgery on May 7.
“The story’s over I think. The physio’s done a marvellous job, Vidal’s diagnoses is clear, there’s a high chance he’ll play,” Sampaoli said.
“His injury was rather complicated. We will now make a decision on whether he starts on the pitch, or on the bench.”
On the match on Friday in Cuaiaba, Sampaoli said the pressure will be squarely on his players going up against the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament.
“Australia are a difficult team, they’ve changed their set up, they come here without pressure,” he said.
“Where as for us we must face nervousness and pressure.”
Chile face Australia in Cuaiaba on Friday June 13 at 11pm (BST).