Alexis Sanchez has suffered a muscle injury while on international duty with Chile and will be monitored to determine the severity of the problem, the Chilean soccer federation have confirmed.
The Arsenal star arrived back in Chile following Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the north London derby, Sanchez played the full 90 minutes at the Emirates with no noticeable signs of any injury.
However, reports have claimed Sanchez arrived with muscle pains and perhaps more worryingly there is concern within Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side that Sanchez may have suffered a muscle tear.
However, the Chilean soccer federation have confirmed in a statement that Sánchez presented with a “a low-grade muscle injury.”
“The athlete will remain in Santiago, under treatment and in evaluation for the meeting of Chile against Uruguay.”
Sanchez will miss Chile’s clash with Colombia on Thursday and is a doubt for their next game against Uruguay on 15 November. Chile are currently in fifth place in the table, five points behind leaders Brazil.
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Sanchez will be a huge miss for Chile and the news will also be hugely concerning to Arsenal with the Chilean currently the side’s top scorer with eight goals.
The 27-year-old continues to be a hugely important figure in Arsene Wenger’s side and following the international break there are important fixtures against Manchester United and PSG to come.
Should Sanchez be forced onto the sidelines for a prolonged period it would represent a massive blow, although it may be offset by the return to fitness of Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.
Like Sanchez, Walcott has eight goals already this season, while Giroud has shown signs of his best with goals against Sunderland and Ludogorets.