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Arsenal super-star suffers injury on international duty
Arsenal’s worst fears could be realised after Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli revealed that Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for tonight’s clash with Uruguay due to a calf problem.
Arsene Wenger said just last week that Sanchez was playing in the ‘red zone’ and would need a rest soon to prevent him picking up an injury. There were even reports last week that the boss could give him a breather over the next couple of weeks to help him recharge his batteries.
Alexis played the full ninety minutes as Chile drew 1-1 with Colombia on Friday and was expected to once again start for his country in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.
However, Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has told reporters that Sanchez is suffering from a calf problem and is a major doubt for the match.
‘Alexis has a pain in his calf and we will wait for him until the last minute to see if he is ready to play,’ Sampaoli is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail
I’m sure Arsene will be watching on with interest when the team sheets come out later tonight but no doubt he’ll be raging if Chile decide to take any unnecessary risk with him.
They played him last month when he was carrying a knock so I wouldn’t put it past them to do it again but it would be just our luck if Alexis was to aggravate the injury and be ruled out for several weeks.
Regardless whether he starts tonight or not, if I was Wenger I’d leave Sanchez out against West Brom this weekend. If his calf is giving him trouble, it’s just not worth the risk. Especially as he’ll arrive back late from his long-haul trip.
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey could be back in contention this weekend so we have enough in attack to get three points at the Hawthorne’s without Sanchez.