Arsene Wenger could be in big worry on the fitness of Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United as the duo are presently battling with injuries.
Sanchez needed to leave the training session with his national team-mates because of a calf injury and early reports recommended that he may have torn his calf muscle however the Chilean FA have said the damage is a low-grade muscle tear.
Bellerin, who recently signed a new contract with the Gunners also did not train with his Spanish U21 team-mates ahead of Friday’s tie against Austria.
Sanchez is probably not going to be gambled against Colombia, despite the fact that he has not yet been ruled out of Chile’s home match with Uruguay on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old has scored eight goals in 15 matches for the Gunners, replacing their star striker Olivier Giroud.
The Chile FA said in a statement: “The medical staffs say that Sanchez has a low-grade muscle injury. The player will remain in Santiago under treatment and will be evaluated for the match against Uruguay.”
Chile are fifth in their World Cup qualifying group, with 16 points from 10 matches, five points behind group toppers Brazil.
There is still a chance that the pair could play against as neither have been precluded of from their national sides and Wenger will surely want to have both of them available for selection for such a crunch tie.
The Red Devils also will be without their marksman after Zlatan Ibrahimovic who grabbed his fifth booking of the season and will miss one match after scoring two brilliant goals against Swansea at the weekend.
Arsenal will play United on November 19 at an away trip with Jose Mourinho hoping to keep up his unbeaten record intact over Arsene Wenger.
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