Alexis Sanchez has hinted he will play for Chile on Thursday in their World Cup qualifier against Argentina despite concerns over an ankle injury.
The Chile international was replaced in the second half of Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday with manager Arsene Wenger claiming after the game his ankle was “in an absolutely terrible state”.
The Arsenal boss also revealed Sanchez should have been taken off at the interval at the Hawthorns and not played the second half but the forward had insisted he continue.
Sanchez has now arrived in South America ahead of Thursday’s game in Buenos Aires and has posted an update on Instagram which suggests he is only too willing to play for his country.
The Arsenal star’s message reads “The only failure is not to try” with a picture of him in his national team colours.
The current situation echoes that of last November when Sanchez was injured prior to international duty but continued to feature for his country much to Wenger’s intense frustration.
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Arsenal have a fairly hectic schedule when domestic action resumes with a visit from Manchester City on Sunday 2nd April following by a midweek clash with West Ham and then a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.
The Gunners can ill afford any more mistakes if they are to secure a top four spot and will want to have their top scorer available for the run-in.
Wenger said after the West Brom game that Sanchez would only play for Chile if the injury was minor and that he would not be able to feature if he had suffered ligament damage.
Sanchez’s post suggests he has only suffered a minor injury but he certainly risks angering his club should he feature and aggravate the problem further.