November 8, 2013 / 9:48 PM / in 6 years

Chile keeper to miss Brazil game after Canada denies visa

Chile's national soccer team player Johnny Herrera (C) arrives at Hotel Bourbon in Luque, near Asuncion June 6, 2013. Chile will face Paraguay for their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Asuncion on June 7. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile goalkeeper Johnny Herrera will miss this month’s friendly against Brazil in Toronto after Canada denied him a visa, the Andean country’s FA (ANFP) said on Friday.

Chile will meet the World Cup hosts on November 19, four days after playing England at Wembley, as part of their preparations for the 2014 finals.

The ANFP ( did not provide a reason for why the Canadian authorities declined to grant a visa for Herrera, first choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s understudy.

Local media said it could be due to the Universidad de Chile goalkeeper having been found guilty of killing a 22-year-old woman while he was speeding.

Herrera had his driving license revoked for two years in June when a judge ordered him to report to police for a year for slamming into student Macarena Casassus in Santiago in 2009.

Paulo Garces, who plays for O’Higgins, will join the Chile squad for the Brazil friendly in Canada with Herrera returning home after the England game, the ANFP said.

Canadian officials were not immediately available to comment.

Reporting by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Rex Gowar

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