Chile’s Bravo set for Confederation Cup return

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo
could play for the first time since April in
Sunday’s Confed Cup clash against Australia,
says Chile’s coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Bravo, 34, has not played since injuring his calf
in April during a derby against Manchester

In his absence, Johnny Herrera was in goal for
Chile’s 2-0 win over Cameroon and Thursday’s
1-1 draw with Germany in Russia.
But Bravo, Chile’s joint most capped player
alongside Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, could
return to help the Copa America winners reach
the last four.

“Claudio is fit and has managed to train in the
last few days and he is ready, we’ll decide who
will be our goalkeeper tomorrow,” said Chile’s
coach Juan Antonio Pizzi on Saturday.
“We’ll take into account that he hasn’t played
for a while, but he has shown he’s fit in the last
few training sessions.”
Chile, the Group B leaders, need only a point at
Moscow’s Spartak Stadium to reach the semis
while the Socceroos must win by three clear
goals to reach the last four.
Inter Milan defender Gary Medel limped out of
Thursday’s Germany draw with cramp, but has
recovered and could captain Chile in Moscow.
“He’s doing fine, he had a small muscle
contraction issue, he will be up to speed and he
wants to play,” said Medel’s team-mate
Franciso Silva.

Pissi admitted his team went off the boil in the
second-half against Germany, but expects the
Australians to struggle with his team’s pace.
“This energy drop we had in the second half
didn’t damage us too much because Germany
couldn’t maintain a high pace because of the
demands we’d imposed on them,” said Pizzi.
“We’re going to try to get them (Australia)
tired as well.

“Hopefully, this will translate into goals.” 

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