Sanchez eases injury fears
SANTIAGO: Chile star Alexis Sanchez took part in training with his international teammates on Tuesday ahead of this week’s World Cup clash with Argentina, shrugging off fears an ankle injury would rule him out of the game.
Sanchez limped out of Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after scoring the Gunners’ only goal.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger later indicated Sanchez had suffered a serious injury, telling reporters the star’s right ankle was in “an absolutely terrible state.”
Yet Sanchez, whose Arsenal future is the subject of intense transfer speculation, showed no sign of the injury as he trained in Santiago on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old smiled and laughed as he jogged with teammates during the session as Chile prepare for a crucial showdown with Argentina in Buenos Aires today.
Chile’s biggest fitness concern surrounds Inter Milan defender Gary Medel, who trained separately from his teammates as he nurses a thigh strain.
Chile are already missing Arturo Vidal through suspension for today’s game, which is a rematch of the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals won by the Chileans on each occasion.
Vidal took to Twitter on Tuesday to rally support for Chile. “We are now 1000 per cent concentrated on the six points !!! Come on, Chile,” wrote Vidal, who will return from suspension to face Venezuela on Tuesday in Santiago. AFP
Chile’s Alexis Sanchez trains in Santiago on Tuesday. Chile face Argentina in a World Cup qualifier today.