Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli seems to care very little about the well-being of Alexis Sanchez, and has admitted that he played the Arsenal star for the full 90 minutes against Brazil despite knowing full well he was carrying an injury, as reported by IBT.
There were concerns over Alexis following our 3-0 win against Manchester United last weekend, with the 26-year-old limping off the field with what appeared to be a groin injury.
He travelled with Chile to take part in their World Cup qualifiers nonetheless however, with reports suggesting Arsene Wenger was in close contact with Sampaoli’s crew and was looking to limit Alexis’ playing time (via the Daily Mail).
It seemed as though the Chile boss has ignored both Wenger and what is best for Alexis though, admitting that despite the forward not being 100%, the game was too important for him to miss.
“Alexis also arrived not at his top of form, with pain in the adductor,” Sampaoli said.
“He couldn’t play at 100% but we thought that for us him not playing was to give too much advantage to our rivals because his presence in our team makes things difficult for our opponents.”
If the former Barcelona star was fit enough to play, then you can understand Sampaoli’s desire to field him. But was it really necessary to field him for the full 90 minutes? He’s obviously an important player for their side, but the player’s health needs to come first.
It would be a huge blow for both Arsenal and Alexis himself were he to return from international duty with an injury, so hopefully Sampaoli sees sense and rests him for their game against Peru.
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The relationships between club and international managers are always tricky, but hopefully if Wenger has actually been in contact, then Alexis is being monitored properly.