Later tonight, Chile will host Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier. Star player, Alexis Sanchez was left out of Chile’s trip to Colombia but is set to feature tonight despite warnings from Arsene Wenger.
It was reported last week that Sanchez had pulled his hamstring but rushing him back for today’s game looks like a risk especially seeing that Arsenal travel to Old Trafford in the early kick off on Saturday in the Premier League. Wenger is worried about Sanchez’s health. This could trigger a bigger injury which could sideline him for a longer period.
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 – Wenger
Sanchez is a workaholic and loves to play even when he is injured. But if he decides to risk his health for the National team, it would be read as patriotic by one party and suicidal by the other party. We have to be positive and hope that he comes out unscathed – but against Uruguay? I hear they are not the tidiest team to play against in South America.
Arsenal may need to use other options against Manchester United on Saturday. Wenger may be left with Giroud upfront flanked by Iwobi and Walcott. No matter who starts upfront at Old Trafford, Arsenal must avoid a defeat to Mourinho.
We wish Sanchez the best of luck in Chile’s quest to be Russia and his health.