Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has picked up a calf injury on international duty with Chile, limping out of training ahead of Thursday’s World Cup Qualifier against Colombia. The South American attacker has been in fantastic form early into the new season and will be a big loss for club and country as a result.
“The medical corps of the Chilean national team informs the player Alexis Sanchez has a low-grade muscle injury. The athlete will stay in Santiago, under treatment and evaluation, before the meeting of Chile and Uruguay,” said a statement from the Chilean FA.
Sanchez’s absence will be a big blow for Arsenal given the important games they have to come. The former Barcelona man could miss Arsenal’s next Premier League game against Manchester United and their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain days later.
There is some optimism that Sanchez could return to action in time for next Tuesday’s clash against Uruguay but tests will be undertaken to work out how long he’ll need to rest for. His injury isn’t deemed serious, but he won’t want to risk making the problem worse by playing too soon.
Having scored eight goals for Arsenal so far this season, Sanchez has flourished in a new centre-forward role. Alexis Sanchez is 20/1 to be the Premier League top goalscorer this season, and the Gunners are going to need him back as soon as possible after the international break.