Alexis Sanchez has dislocated tendons in his left ankle, picking up an injury whilst on international duty with Chile.
Sanchez hasn’t been able to catch a break since leaving Arsenal in January 2018. He scored five goals in all competitions in one-and-a-half years with Manchester United, suffering a whole host of injury problems in his only full season with the club.
After that disappointing spell in Manchester, the winger moved on loan to Inter Milan this summer. It took a while for him to break into the team, but he scored his first goal against Sampdoria recently, before being sent off for diving later in the game.
All the same, it did seem like maybe his old form was returning, with a rather fortunate assist against former club Barcelona in his latest Champions League appearance.
That brief revival doesn’t look set to last though, as Sanchez now faces a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury. The BBC report that he’s returned to Milan for further assessment after the Chilean Football Federation confirmed dislocated tendons in his left ankle.
Elsewhere, there are reports he could be out until next year. Until the scans come back, we won’t know for sure.
Sanchez turns 31 in December and his game is based around the kind of explosive pace and dribbling it’s often hard to maintain later in your career, especially after multiple injury problems. It’s going to be a battle to return to his best now.