Arsenal Boss Confirms Blow As Star Man Suffers Hamstring Injury Ahead Of Man Utd
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez has suffered a hamstring injury ahead of Arsenal’s huge Premier League clash with Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez has suffered a hamstring injury and is demanding Arsenal have access to his scan results as Chile prepare to risk the attacker against Uruguay next week, according to the Telegraph.
Sanchez linked up with the Chile squad on Monday and news soon broke suggesting that the 27-year-old had pulled up in training on Tuesday with what was described as a ‘low-grade’ muscle injury.
The Chilean FA confirmed that Sanchez wouldn’t travel with the rest of the squad to Colombia ahead of tonight’s World Cup qualifier and would instead remain in Santiago to receive treatment.
Sanchez was then quoted in local media as saying that he was ‘fine’ and was confident he’d be fit to play against Uruguay next Tuesday but Wenger is demanding that Arsenal’s medical team have access to the player’s scans to assess the damage for themselves.
The Gunners boss revealed that the injury is to Sanchez’s hamstring and says it would be ‘suicide’ for Chile to play the attacker next week amid reports that there is a nine millimeter tear in his muscle.
Wenger is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
“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.”
Wenger is clearly concerned that Chile will take advantage of Sanchez’s eagerness to play in every game and will start him against Uruguay even though he won’t be 100% fit.
The fear is Sanchez will make the injury worse and rule himself out for a number of months, which would be a devastating blow to Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League hopes this season.
Even if Sanchez doesn’t play for his country on Tuesday the striker is still considered as a doubt for Arsenal’s trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United next Saturday lunchtime and for the crucial group stage clash with PSG four days later.
He will be a huge loss for the north Londoners if he is ruled out as Sanchez has been in fine form so far this campaign, scoring 8 goals and providing 7 assists in his 15 appearances.
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