Vidal to miss Chile’s crunch game

Written By Unknown on Senin, 23 Juni 2014 | 23.40

Arturo Vidal will miss Chile's game against the Netherlands. Source: Wong Maye-E / AP

JUVENTUS star Arturo Vidal will miss Chile's group-deciding clash with Netherlands today after finally succumbing to a knee injury.

Vidal had surgery only last month but still managed to play in Chile's World Cup Group B wins over Australia and Spain.

But with the Chileans already having secured a spot in the second round regardless of today's result, La Roja coach Jorge Sampaoli decided to not again risk his key midfielder ahead of the knockout stages.

Vidal has been replaced by Felipe Gutierrez in Chile's starting XI for the clash at Arena de Sao Paulo.

Arturo Vidal of Chile runs out against Australia. Source: News Corp Australia

Gutierrez perhaps brings some inside knowledge with him as he plies his trade in the Dutch first division with FC Twente.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has made three changes to the Dutch team that started in the 3-2 win over Australia.

Suspended captain Robin van Persie, injured defender Bruno Martins Indi and midfielder Jonathan de Guzman are out.

Replacing them are Dirk Kuyt, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jeremain Lens.

A draw will be enough for Netherlands to top the group due to their superior goal difference.

Chile must win to finish ahead of the Dutch and avoid a likely round of 16 clash with hosts Brazil.

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