2010 FIFA World Cup: Humberto Suazo Makes Chile Squad Despite Injury

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer IJune 2, 2010

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 19:  Humberto Suazo of Chile with the ball at his feet during the international friendly match between Spain and Chile at the El Madrigal stadium on November 19, 2008 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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At the final possible date to name their squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Chilean coach Marcelo Bielsa has finally submitted his final 23 man roster to FIFA for this World Cup.

But, Bielsa's final roster will certainly have controversy as star striker Humberto Suazo was still able to make the final squad despite suffering a hamstring injury in Chile's latest friendly against Israel.

Initially, there were reports that Suazo would miss the World Cup with a torn hamstring, but Bielsa decided to include Suazo.

Overall, Suazo scored more goals than any other South American player in COMMEBOL qualifying with ten, and was the only player on Chile's roster to appear in all 18 World Cup qualifiers.

With the injury, Suazo is suspected to miss Chile's first World Cup match against Honduras, with Fabian Orellana and Esteban Paredes being the most likely replacements for Suazo.

Instead of seeing Suazo get cut, Bielsa has instead decided to cut defender Roberto Cereceda.

Chile's final 23 man World Cup Roster looks like this:

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad), Miguel Pinto (Universidad de Chile), Luis Marin (Union Espanola)

Defenders: Pablo Contreras (PAOK Athens), Ismael Fuentes (Universidad Catolica), Mauricio Isla (Udinese), Gonzalo Jara (West Bromwich Albion), Gary Medel (Boca Juniors), Waldo Ponce (Universidad Catolica), Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen).

Midfielders: Rodrigo Tello (Besiktas), Gonzalo Fierro (Flamengo), Carlos Carmona (Reggina), Marco Estrada (Universidad de Chile), Rodrigo Millar (Colo Colo), Matias Fernandez (Sporting Lisbon), Jorge Valdivia (Al Ain).

Forwards: Mark Gonzalez (CSKA Moscow), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Juan Beausejour (America), Fabian Orellana (Xeres), Alexis Sanchez (Udinese), Humberto Suazo (Real Zaragoza)

In this World Cup, Chile has Group H matches on June 16 against Honduras at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, June 21 against Switzerland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, and a June 25 matchup against group favorite Spain at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

But, Chile will also have one final friendly against New Zealand at the Ingwenyama Sports Grounds in Nelspruit on Wednesday, June 9.


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