Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has suffered a “low-grade muscle injury” while on international duty.
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Sanchez, 27, limped out of training on Tuesday and will not play in Chile’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Colombia on Thursday.
It is believed the issue is with his calf.
In a statement released by the Chilean FA, they confirmed Sanchez suffered a low-grade muscle injury and will undergo treatment in Santiago ahead of the game against Uruguay next Tuesday.
Sanchez is Arsenal’s leading goalscorer this season with eight goals in all competitions and has been pivotal in his new role as the central striker with the Gunners just two points off top spot in the Premier League after 11 games.
News of this injury setback will add to the usual feeling of foreboding which wracks Arsenal’s fans in November.
It is historically their worst month in Premier League history with Arsene Wenger‘s side often picking up injuries during this busy period of PL, UEFA Champions League, domestic cup and international action.
Sanchez has often spoken about his displeasure in being rested and Wenger has also talked about how difficult he is to manage as the former Barcelona striker wants to play in every game going and his incredible work rate each time he steps on the pitch ultimately puts a huge toll on his body.
Gunners fans around the globe will be hoping it is just a slight issue Sanchez has gone down with. If it isn’t, Olivier Giroud will have to deliver.