Alexis Sanchez is reportedly willing to risk aggravating his current injury by playing in Chile’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Tuesday, according to a report by El Mercurio.
Chile confirmed yesterday that the Arsenal star has suffered a “low grade muscle injury” while on international duty that they will continue to monitor and treat.
The problem has already ruled Sanchez out of Friday’s clash with Colombia, and the forward has reportedly not travelled with the rest of the squad for the game in Barranquilla.
The report claims Sanchez has told Chile – “It is hurting a bit but I’m fine. I’ll be back for Tuesday” – with the forward keen to play against Uruguay.
However, El Mercurio also report that Sanchez risks making the injury worse by playing and says that if he does take to the field on Tuesday it will be before he has fully recovered from his current problem.
Sanchez has already admitted recently that he hates being rested by Arsene Wenger and it would seem entirely within his character that he wants to play against Uruguay despite his physical problems.
However, the news is bound to worry Arsenal fans as Sanchez is such a key player for the Gunners, and is already the team’s leading scorer this season with eight goals.
Arsenal also face a tricky November with games against Manchester United and PSG straight after the international break and will be eager to have Sanchez available for both clashes.
Further details on the exact nature of Sanchez’s injury are expected to be revealed in the coming days with all at Arsenal hopeful that he returns from international duty unscathed.