Chilean striker Canales likely to leave Botafogo club

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 31 (IANS) Former Chile international striker Gustavo Canales could leave Brazilian outfit Botafogo as he seeks to kickstart his stalled football career.

Canales has scored just one goal from 11 appearances since joining the Rio de Janeiro outfit from Universidad de Chile in May last year, reports Xinhua news agency.

His 2016 season was cut short by an ankle injury which required surgery in October and the 34-year-old is yet to fully recover, according to the Lance news outlet.

The newspaper said Canales had fallen behind Sassa and Roger on Botafogo manager Jair Ventura’s list of preferred strikers.

Canales, who has also represented River Plate and Arsenal de Sarandi in his 14-year professional career, has been capped once for Chile’s national team.