Arsene Wenger says that Alexis Sanchez might have suffered serious injury to his ankle after a nasty challenge by James McClean.
The Irishman came in late, caught the Arsenal man on high on the ankle, leaving him writhing in pain and requiring serious treatment.
He soldiered on but was taken off in the second half after we went 3-1 down, the manager more or less admitting the game was up at that point.
Speaking afterwards, Wenger said, “He was injured from the tackle in the first half. It was a bad tackle. His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state.
He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to come out. In the first half he was the one who created many chances, made dangerous situations and in the second half you could see that he couldn’t anymore.
“In the end we had to take him off. He should not even have played in the second half.”
And on his availability for international duty, he continued, “Chile goes to Argentina for a massive game but they play only next week and if it’s only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play.”
So, a bad day could become even more costly. Still, according to Sky it was just a ‘meaty old challenge’ so let’s not worry about it.