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Arsenal boss says key man could have ankle ligament damage
Arsene Wenger fears that Alexis Sanchez may have sustained ankle ligament damage during Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom this afternoon.
Sanchez was once again on the score-sheet as he fired home the equaliser in the 15th minute at the Hawthorns earlier today after the hosts had taken an early lead.
Alexis was a real threat during the opening half hour but sadly his influence faded after he was on the receiving end of a disgusting ‘tackle’ from James McClean.
Sanchez was able to carry on after receiving treatment but Wenger said he wanted to take Alexis off at half time as his ankle was a mess. Sanchez being Sanchez insisted on carrying on but he was having little effect on the game after the break and was eventually subbed.
Wenger has now said that if the injury was just a kick then Alexis should be passed fit to represent Chile during the international break but there’s a chance he’s damaged ligaments which would obviously mean he’d be ruled out for Chile and facing a spell on the treatment table.
Arsene told Arsenal.com:
on if Alexis was injured…
He was injured from the tackle in the first half. It was a bad tackle. His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state. He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to come out. In the first half he was the one who created many chances, made dangerous situations and in the second half you could see that he couldn’t anymore. In the end we had to take him off. He should not even have played in the second half.
on if he’ll miss the Chile games…
Chile goes to Argentina for a massive game but they play only next week and if it’s only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play.
The hosts clearly targetted Sanchez for some rough treatment all afternoon and sadly the referee did little to protect our Chilean superstar and inevitably it lead to an injury.
One day English football will take steps to cut out stupid, reckless tackle that sides like West Brom thrive on as it’s the only way to prevent players like Sanchez getting the better of them.
Fingers crossed Alexis is okay as the last thing we want is him ruled out for any significant period of time right now.