Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez has been given the all-clear to play in Chile’s World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay tomorrow, after suffering a minor hamstring injury in training last week.
The 27-year-old Chilean was absent from his nation’s goalless draw with Colombia on Thursday after suffering an injury in training. Arsene Wenger was left gobsmacked when the Chilean FA decided to keep him in Santiago with the side in order to rehabilitate ahead of a crucial match against South American rivals Uruguay on Tuesday.
The decision to try and get Sanchez fit for the clash rather than send him home early was questioned by Wenger who claimed it could be a ‘suicidal decision’ last week.
“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.
However, the 27-year-old appears to have shaken the injury off despite being pictured training in what appears to be a sizeable amount of strapping on his right leg.
Chile coach Antonio Pizzi has moved to reassure fans that the Arsenal winger is fit and ready. Despite the injury, Sanchez has been taking part in training sessions in one way or another.
The Chile manager also dismissed suggestions that he had received any undue pressure from Arsene Wenger with regards to his team selection.
“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.”
Arsenal, who face Manchester United this weekend, are already without first choice right-back Hector Bellerin and will be hoping that their star man Sanchez returns in good shape for a pivotal game against the red devils at Old Trafford.
The Gunners also have a challenging home fixture against Paris Saint-Germain next week where they will be looking to secure first place in their Champions League group.