Chile boss, Juan Antonio Pizzi, has announced that Alexis Sanchez will be fit to face Uruguay night.
As we’ve covered here on the site, Alexis was initially excused from training earlier in the week after feeling pain in his leg, which, upon further assessment was confirmed by the Chilean FA as a low-grade muscle injury.
The forward missed out on his country’s 0-0 draw against Colombia, which had been predicted anyway, but everyone was unsure about whether he would be ready for the second clash against Uruguay.
Well, it appears he is.
“Alexis was unable to play in Colombia, but we knew the extent of the injury was small,” Pizzi said, via Chile’s official website.
“All three are available for tomorrow. (Arturo) Vidal, (Alexis) Sanchez and (Claudio) Bravo all play tomorrow.”
The issue that I, and many Arsenal fans have, is that Chile need a win in order to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia alive. Therefore, Pizzi is likely to play Alexis even if he’s not fully fit. He doesn’t care about his club career. We saw this during the Copa America final when the 27-year-old played on with a swollen ankle.
At the same time, Alexis will play no matter want.
Speaking about Chile’s choice to keep Alexis there, Arsene Wenger wasn’t too pleased, pointing out that Alexis will always play if you give him even the slightest chance.
“I got a text last night (to say) that he has a hamstring injury. The team from Chile has travelled without him and they kept him to try and get him fit to play Uruguay for the second game on Tuesday night.
“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 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.”
This seems like a huge risk. Hopefully, Alexis is okay. We need him. In the meantime, at least we have Twitter to calm our nerves… Not.
Amazing – The Simpsons already predicted Alexis playing for Chile tonight pic.twitter.com/pg3OlTsnWO
— Emperor Bumblewank (@CapableOfFlight) November 14, 2016
— C'est Moi 花蓮莫伊 (@iDeribs) November 14, 2016
Alexis injured but still thinking of playing for Chile. It's like your alcoholic uncle swearing he can handle himself in Vegas.
— Dan Ahern (@topical_storm) November 12, 2016