Pinto deal with FC Edmonton on hold: Striker heads back to Chile

Yashir Pinto

The deal to bring Chilean U20 international Yashir Pinto to FC Edmonton is on hold.

After not appearing at practices over the last four days, Pinto has gone home to Chile. FC Edmonton released a statement Saturday confirming that Pinto failed his Edmonton medical and will be assessed further in Chile.

Because of patient privacy, FCE could not reveal what is or could be wrong with Pinto.

Until Pinto passes a medical, the loan deal that FC Edmonton had struck with Colo-Colo cannot be completed. Pinto remains Colo-Colo’s responsibility. But FCE has made it clear it does not consider the deal to be dead — it will wait on further test results from Chile. FCE has not given Colo-Colo a deadline for a clear medical.

“Yashir Pinto did not pass a preliminary physical examination in Edmonton,” said Tom Leip, FC Edmonton’s general manager. “Considering he is a Chilean National and is not under contract to FC Edmonton at this time, it makes sense for him to return to Chile to undergo additional tests required for him to be cleared to begin training with FCE.”
Under the terms of the loan, Pinto — who spent last season on loan to Chilean second-division side Nublense — would spend a year with FCE. The deal would also give the right for FC Edmonton to take a portion of the proceeds if Pinto was sold to another club.

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About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.