by Tony Attwood
The reports in the press suggest that Alexis is going to start the game for Chile tonight.
Against this Arsène Wenger has warned the Football Federation of Chile that Alexis could spend up to three months on the sidelines if he is risked in the World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.
Alexis was injured in training last Thursday and missed the game against Columbia but then stayed with the squad but Mr Wenger, on hearing that the injury was to the hamstring said that would to play Alexis would be “a suicidal decision”.
Mr Wenger told beIN Sports: “I got a text last night 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 Sánchez.
“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.”
Soon after Alexis Sánchez was declared fit by Chile – seemingly without any access given to Arsenal – for the World Cup qualifier against Uruguay,
Chile’s coach, Juan Antonio Pizzi, said, “Sánchez was not ready for the game in Colombia, but we knew the injury was a small one and we could have him for this match…
“It’s not that he hasn’t trained, he’s trained every day, even when we were in Colombia he did a different kind of work. Yesterday he took part in full training.”
“At no time have we received pressure from any club. My stance is that I will never use a player who is not fit or capable of playing.
“All of the clubs can remain calm, we are very respectful of our players. The health of our players is paramount, we will never force any player who has not got the medical all-clear.”
As everyone knows, we play at Man U on Saturday and it would seem unlikely that Alexis will be back in time. He has done it before by getting a private jet from Santiago straight into London.
|Player||Injury||Estimated return date|
|A Sanchez||Hamstring Injury||November 15, 2016|
|H Bellerin||Ankle Injury||December 3, 2016|
|L Perez||Ankle Injury||December 10, 2016|
|S Cazorla||Achilles Injury||No Return Date|
|C Akpom||Back Injury||January 14, 2017|
|P Mertesacker||Knee Injury||January 2, 2017|
|D Welbeck||Cartilage Knee Injury||January 22, 2017|
Manchester United’s list is not too different from ours although perhaps a little lighter…
|Player||Injury||Estimated return date||Comments|
|W Rooney||Knee Injury||November 19, 2016||Slight Doubt|
|M Fellaini||Calf Injury||No Return Date|
|A Valencia||Broken Arm||November 19, 2016||Slight Doubt|
|E Bailly||Knee Ligament Injury||December 11, 2016|
|C Smalling||Broken Toe||December 11, 2016|
|J Wilson||ACL Knee Injury||No Return Date|
We await the news.