Arsenal FC forward Alexis Sanchez has returned to training with national team Chile this week, despite Arsene Wenger’s pleas.
The in form striker played the whole 90 minutes for the Gunners in their 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspurs on 6th November, but picked up a calf injury while training with Chile during the international break and was forced to leave the team’s training camp.
The 27 year old was lined to play in Chile’s 0-0 World Cup qualifier draw against Colombia but had to pull out due to the injury. Instead of returning for a medical assessment at North London, Sanchez decided to return to training with Chile giving them a huge morale boost ahead of their clash against Uruguay this Tuesday.
Alexis joined his fellow La Roja team mates for a training session in Santiago but the forward was seen wearing a large bandage in his right thigh.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said that the decision to play him on Tuesday will be ‘suicidal’. As a matter of fact, the French boss would heavily rely on the Chilean international as Arsenal enter a crucial period of fixtures with a visit to Old Trafford to play Manchester United and hosting French champions Paris Saint Germain on 24th November in a UEFA Champions League clash.
Wenger has stated that: “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 Sanchez. He always wants to play and that’s where it is a more sensitive case because he’s always ready to play even when injured.”
Arsenal who are currently in 4th position with 24 points will be looking to close the gap with leaders Liverpool FC who are currently on 26 points. Gunners fans will be hoping that their star striker is fit for the clash against United followed by matches against Bournemouth, Southampton and West Ham in the league. The Gunners will also be hoping for Sanchez’s goals. The Chilean has been in fine form scoring six times in eleven appearances for Wenger’s men so far this season.
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