Arsenal have been given a boost after Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi provided an update of the injury Alexis Sanchez has picked up on international duty describing the problem “as minor”.
Chile have confirmed that the Gunners’ star man has suffered a “low grade muscle tear” that has ruled him out of their World Cup qualifier against Colombia.
Sanchez will continue to be monitored and treated but is reportedly willing to risk further injury by playing in Chile’s next qualifier, against Uruguay on Tuesday.
Pizzi is hopeful Sanchez will be fit by next week and says it is possible he could have recovered in time to be available for selection.
“We expected to count on Alexis Sanchez, but he suffered a small injury yesterday and cannot be considered for tomorrow,” he said according to the Daily Express.
“Alexis Sanchez’s injury is minor. Let’s hope he can be fit to play against Uruguay.
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“The decision [to leave Alexis in Santiago] altogether was endorsed by the doctor, who suggested that the trip was going to be worse for him.
“Sanchez has the possibilities to play on Tuesday against Uruguay.”
While Arsenal will be relieved to hear the injury is not as bad as first feared there must still be some concerns about Sanchez playing against Uruguay.
The Gunners resume Premier League action against Manchester United on November 19 and will be keen to have Sanchez fit and available for the trip to Old Trafford as they aim to keep pace at the top of the Premier League table.