'Chupete' may have unwittingly breached WADA regulations in his attempt to come back from injury...
Having acquired a problem that threatened to rule him out of the competition in the recent friendly encounter against Israel, the powerful forward underwent a course of platelet injections, which have been proven to speed up the muscle healing process. These injections, however, may be illegal according to revised WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) rules.
If ‘Chupete’ is deemed to have broken these regulations, he will miss the duration of the World Cup, leaving his team-mates short of offensive power. The 29-year-old was in prolific form during the qualifying campaign, registering on 10 occasions to send the Chileans through as the second best team from South America.
After a winter loan switch to Zaragoza in Spain, he helped los Manos avoid relegation to the Segunda Division by scoring six times in 17 appearances.