Fit-again Vidal arrives in Brazil with Chile squad

IANS| Updated: Jun 06, 2014, 17:29 PM IST

Belo Horizonte: A 23-man Chile squad, including midfielder Arturo Vidal, has arrived in Brazil as the team starts preparations for its opening FIFA World Cup match against Australia.

The Juventus star had been a major doubt for the tournament after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to his right knee in Barcelona a month ago, reports Xinhua.

But he made an unexpected return as a late substitute in Chile`s 2-0 friendly victory over Northern Ireland Wednesday.

A bus carrying La Roja`s squad Thursday was escorted by several police cars and a helicopter for the 35km journey from the airport to the team`s hotel.

Jorge Sampaoli`s side have been drawn in Group B alongside Spain, the Netherlands and Australia.

They will begin their campaign against Ange Postecoglou`s Socceroos in the western city of Cuiaba June 13.