Chile are unlikely to risk Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton-Diaz in their next World Cup qualifier with Brazil, according to a report from La Tercera, via Sport Witness.
Although he hasn’t played for Blackburn since suffering a serious ankle injury in his side’s goalless draw with West Brom, Brereton-Diaz has joined Chile for the March international break.
This window for national team matches sees Chile face two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Brazil – Thursday night – and Uruguay – a week on Tuesday.
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray has repeatedly said he doesn’t expect the striker to be fit for this clash with Brazil and hopes Chile take the right approach with the attacker.
Now it looks like he will get his wish, with this latest update claiming that although Brereton-Diaz has performed well in training, Chile are currently unlikely to risk him against Brazil.
The forward will continue to be assessed though, meaning there’s a chance he could still play for Chile in Brazil.
Beyond that, it’s believed his progress in training means there’s a good chance he’ll feature in that second qualifier of the week against Uruguay.
So far this season, Brereton-Diaz has scored 20 goals in 30 league games for Blackburn, helping them to sixth place in the current league table.
It will no doubt be a relief for those of a Blackburn persuasion.
Rovers have seen their play-offs slow considerably since Brereton-Diaz suffered his injury, so they won’t want him to suffer another setback on international duty, at a time when he was set to return to action for Blackburn themselves.
Indeed, if the striker is not in good shape, which he is unlikely to be after such a long absence, it would make no sense for Chile to play him in such an important game, against a team as good as Brazil.
So you sense Blackburn will be watching Chile closely and nervously over the next week, with Las Rojas deciding how to use Brereton-Diaz likely to have a say in Cup qualifying. world and the battle for promotion. of the Premier League.