Sanchez eases in­jury fears

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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Chile’s Alexis Sanchez trains in San­ti­ago on Tues­day. Chile face Ar­gentina in a World Cup qual­i­fier to­day.

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