Published on May 24th, 2014 | by John Lyons0
World Cup axe for O´Higgins duo
O´Higgins won´t have World Cup representation after goalkeeper Paulo Garcés and midfielder Pedro Pablo Hernández were released by Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli.
It´s no great surprise that Garcés has been axed as he was generally thought to be fourth in the goalkeeping pecking order behind captain Claudio Bravo, Johnny Herrera and Cristopher Toselli.
Argentinian-born Hernández made a late dart for World Cup selection and was believed to have impressed Sampaoli, but couldn´t quite make the final 23-man list.
Of Chile´s initital 30-man squad, six players have now bitten the dust. Esteban Paredes, Gustavo Canales and Enzo Andía were the first to go and then Fiorentina midfielder Matías Fernández was forced to pull out through injury.
With Garcés and Hernández departing, it means Chile boss Sampaoli has only to release one more player before naming his 23-man squad on June 2.
Colo Colo´s José Pedro Fuenzalida and Malmo defender Miiko Albornoz are the players probably under greatest threat of being cut, with Atlas midfielder Rodrigo Millar another candidate.