Earlier this week, we brought you a story about how Alexis Sanchez was training as normal with Chile despite the injury he picked up against West Brom last weekend.
On the receiving end of a horrible James McClean challenge, the Chilean was forced off in the second period with Arsene Wenger revealing he probably shouldn’t have come out after the break at all.
Speaking with beIN Sports this week, the Arsenal manager said the latest update he received was positive, although he’s still not fully up to speed with how bad the injury is.
Speaking about how serious it might be, he said, “I don’t know because he left for Chile and in South America they have a decisive period now for the qualifiers for the World Cup and they have very important games.
“The last news I have is that it was only the kick. We didn’t know after the kick if his ankle ligament was damaged or not because it was swollen and it was difficult to assess after the game but the last news we have is positive.”
Alexis is expected to play against Argentina later tonight, a game that would see them open up a 4 point gap on their rivals in the race for World Cup qualification.
Chile are currently 4th in their group on 20 points, with Argentina in 5th on 19. Brazil top the group with 27 points, followed by Uruguay on 23 and Ecuardor on 20.
Wenger also revealed yesterday that contract talks with Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are on hold until the summer.