Arse­nal’s Sanchez out of Chile qual­i­fier

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

Arse­nal mid­fielder Alexis Sanchez has suf­fered a mus­cle in­jury and will miss Chile’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Colom­bia, the Chilean Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion said on Tues­day. Chile, who sit fifth in the 10-team South Amer­i­can qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion for Rus­sia 2018, are sched­uled to play Colom­bia – the team di­rectly above them in the stand­ings -- in Bar­ran­quilla on Thurs­day.

They re­turn home to face Uruguay in San­ti­ago on Nov. 15. “The player will re­main in San­ti­ago for treat­ment and un­der eval­u­a­tion for Chile’s match against Uruguay,” the Chilean fed­er­a­tion said in a short state­ment.

The state­ment added the Arse­nal striker had suf­fered a “mi­nor mus­cle in­jury” but gave no fur­ther de­tails. Chile have won the last two Copa Amer­i­cas but have strug­gled in the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign, win­ning four of their 10 games on the pitch.

They were awarded a fifth vic­tory when FIFA ruled that op­po­nents Bo­livia had fielded an in­el­i­gi­ble player dur­ing their 0-0 draw last month. Mean­while Glas­gow Rangers mid­fielder Joey Bar­ton has been signed off due to stress as ne­go­ti­a­tions con­tinue with the Scot­tish Pre­mier­ship club over a sev­er­ance deal, Bri­tish me­dia re­ported on Tues­day. The 34-year-old English­man re­turned to the club last week af­ter a six-week sus­pen­sion fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with a team mate.

Chilean na­tional soc­cer team player Alexis Sanchez at­tends a train­ing ses­sion ahead of their match against Colom­bia. /REUTERS

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