Alexis Sanchez suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Chile.
Despite suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty, Alexis Sanchez will not return to Arsenal until after Chile’s game with Uruguay next Tuesday.
As a result, Arsene Wenger is fearful that the attacker might be included in the Chilean squad for the fixture, aggravating the injury further.
In an interview with BeIn Sport (via the Mirror), Wenger blasted the Chilean FA for not releasing Sanchez back to Gunners after the injury was first diagnosed as a muscle strain.
I got a text last night (to say) that he has a hamstring injury. The team from Chile has travelled without him and they kept him to try and get him fit to play Uruguay for the second game on Tuesday night.
I believe that with a hamstring injury. We have to get access for our medical staff to the MRI scan to see what grade it is, how bad it is and make absolutely sure they don’t make any suicidal decision that could harm his future for two or three months.
That is absolutely important. It’s a grey area between the national team and the club team and of course they look at their own results which I can understand but we have to preserve the health of Alexis Sanchez.
He always wants to play and that’s where it is a more sensitive case because he’s always ready to play even when injured.
As Sanchez missed two months of last season with a hamstring injury, it is little wonder why Wenger is so eager for Sanchez to return to London for treatment, particularly with Arsenal facing Manchester United on Saturday week.
Indeed, the Gunners are facing a key run of fixtures in which Arsenal’s bid to qualify top of their Champions League group and title aspirations could be on the line.
Consequently if Sanchez is in fact ruled out for two months, then he could possibly miss these 12 crucial fixtures.
Manchester United (A) – 19th November
Paris Saint-Germain (H) – 23rd November
Bournemouth (H) – 27th November
Southampton (H) – 30th November
West Ham (A) – 3rd December
Basel (A) – 6th December
Stoke (H) – 10th December
Everton (A) 13th December
Man City (A) 18th December
West Brom (H) 26th December
Crystal Palace (H) 1st January
Bournemouth (A) 3rd January
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena