After Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom, Arsene Wenger spoke about the injury sustained by Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean was on the wrong end of a nasty challenge from James McClean, and the Arsenal manager revealed it was only at the player’s insistence that he emerged for the second period.
“He was injured from the tackle in the first half,” said Wenger. “It was a bad tackle. His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state.”
And as for his chances of playing against Argentina, he continued, “If it’s only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play.”
We have yet to see if he will make the team for the game, but via Sport Witness come reports from the Chile camp which say he’s training as hard as ever, ‘full throttle’ is the phrase used.
When everyone else is finished, he’s out there doing extra training, before carrying two shire horses on his back to a nearby blacksmiths to pick up a half dozen anvils which he will then drag back behind him on a rope using his bad ankle.
At least it suggests that the damage isn’t so bad. If he’s training and not resting with bags of ice all over it, you’d like to think it’s not as bad as feared.
We’ll update over the coming days when we know more.