Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi has declared that Alexis Sanchez is “100%” and available to play in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.
The Arsenal star has suffered a hamstring problem while on international duty which ruled him out of their previous clash against Colombia, which finished 0-0. Sanchez returned to training on Sunday, although he was pictured with his thigh heavily bandaged suggesting the injury was still causing some concern.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has revealed his frustration with Chile and insists it would be a “suicidal” decision to play him against Uruguay although Sanchez is reportedly willing to play through the pain for his country.
However, Chile boss Pizzi says the forward is fit and available and has denied he will be taking any risks by playing the Arsenal star.
“Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal & Claudio Bravo are available for tomorrow’s game against Uruguay,” he said according to The Metro.
“Sanchez is one hundred per cent. He’s trained well. At no time we have received pressure from any club. Not Arsenal or Bayern.
“The health of the players is paramount, we are very responsible.We do not risk to anyone who is not in a position to play.”
Chile play Uruguay on Tuesday and all at Arsenal will be hoping Sanchez comes through the match unscathed should he feature, which it seems likely he will do from Pizzi’s comments and knowing the player’s appetite for the game.
Sanchez then faces a long flight back to London and must be considered a doubt for the weekend with the Gunners scheduled to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.