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Sanchez and Santi Euro blow for Arse­nal

Daily Mail - - Barclays Premier League - by SAMI MOKBEL

ALEXIS SANCHEZ and Santi Ca­zorla are set to miss Arse­nal’s cru­cial clash with greek side Olympia­cos in the Cham­pi­ons League. Star for­ward Sanchez suf­fered a ham­string in­jury dur­ing the 1-1 draw at nor­wich on Sun­day, while mid­fielder Ca­zorla picked up a knee in­jury at Car­row road.

The pair are al­most cer­tain to be ruled out of next Wed­nes­day’s crunch trip, when only vic­tory by two clear goals will guar­an­tee Arsene Wenger’s side a place in the knock­out stages.

Sanchez also faces a bat­tle to be fit for the gun­ners’ busy fes­tive pe­riod — which in­cludes a top- of-the-ta­ble match against Manch­ester City.

The Chilean felt mi­nor ten­sion in his ham­string af­ter last week’s vic­tory over Di­namo Za­greb but was able to train on Fri­day and de­clared him­self fit on Satur­day be­fore the team flew to nor­folk.

He was cleared too play by club medics, though Wenger was aware of the risk of Sanchez break­ing down given his prob­lems ear­lier in the week. Sanchez told his man­ager thatat Sun­day’s in­jury was merely a kick on his ham­string but theree were fears that he had strained the mus­cle.

He had tests yes­ter­day but the ex­tent of the in­jury will not be con­firmed un­til fur­ther tests to­day.

Lau­rent Ko­scielny, Theo Wal­cott and Kieran gibbs, how­ever, could all be fit for Sun­der­land’s visit to the Emi­rates on Satur­day. Ko­scielny limped off at nor­wich with a hip in­jury but Arse­nal are hope­ful the France cen­tre back will re­turn to train­ing be­fore the week­end. Arse­nal are also op­ti­mistic that Wal­cott, who has missed a month with a calf in­jury, will re­turn to full train­ing by the end of the week.

The for­ward could be on the bench against Sam Al­lardyce’s im­prov­ing side, while left back gibbs, who missed the trip to nor­wich, is ex­pected to be fit for Satur­day.

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Pain game: Sanchez suf­fers an in­jury at Nor­wich

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