Gonzalez to end Chile stand-off
By Ben Blackmore
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mark Gonzalez is ready to return to international football, according to the CFA.
Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez is set for a return to international football, according to the president of the Chilean Football Association.
Gonzalez's fledgling international career stalled on 14 appearances after a disciplinary fall-out with current national boss Nelson Acosta.
The player was sent home from the squad's tour of Europe back in May, prompting Gonzalez to claim he would never play under Acosta again.
However, the 22-year-old's agent recently revealed Gonzalez was ready to consider a return, and CFA president Harold Mayne-Nicholls claims he has persuaded the speedy attacker to make himself available.
"I've talked to Mark on many occasions," said Mayne-Nicholls.
"In the last discussion we had, he told me that he would return to the national team and that he no longer has any problems."
Acosta nearly quit the team himself during November, initially handing in his resignation before having a quick change of heart.
He will now be expected to welcome Gonzalez back into the Chilean setup, ahead of next year's friendly encounters.
"Mark Gonzalez will now be eligible for February's friendly, although it is up to Acosta to name him in his squad," continued Mayne-Nicholls.
"Acosta is the only one who can decide whether to include him or not. Perhaps he does not consider it necessary. Nelson will analyse it."
Gonzalez marked his return to fitness with a goal for Liverpool on Saturday, during The Reds' 4-0 win over Fulham.