Chile can cope without Suazo – Jara

Suazo, the top scorer in the South American qualifying section with

10 goals, is doubtful for the Group H clash in Nelspruit with a

thigh injury. The 29-year-old, who ended last season on loan at

Real Zaragoza from Mexican side Monterrey, sustained the problem in

a friendly against Israel prior to the tournament. He is said to be

recovering well but seems unlikely to be risked by Argentinian

coach Marcelo Bielsa. West Brom player Jara, 24, said: “He has

achieved a lot with our team – in qualification and the friendlies

we have had – and in Europe, we have seen how important Humberto is

to us. “But I believe this team is prepared to play differently,

with a different system and different players. Our game plan is

based around the team.” Chile, playing in their first World Cup

since 1998, have an unenviable history in the event. They reached

the second stage 12 years ago, but only on the back of three draws,

and they have not won at the finals since they hosted them and were

semi-finalists in 1962. That has not stopped them from travelling

to South Africa with confidence after finishing runners-up to

Brazil in qualification. Bielsa, Argentina’s coach at the 2002

tournament, advocates an exciting, attacking philosophy and has

built his side around a core of players who finished third in the

2007 Under-20 World Cup. Jara added: “The jump from the Under-20

World Cup to the adult one is large, but we know a lot. “There are

few nerves and we want this to start to show what we are.” Chile

and Honduras will be among the last to feature in the tournament

and Jara is anxious for kick-off at the new Mbombela Stadium to

arrive. “We want to get this started soon,” he said. “We’re going

to attack. “The first match is vital, no matter if you win 1-0 or

3-0 – it is worth three points.”