Arsenal are allowing Alexis Sanchez to travel back to Chile for a week as he looks to recover from the hamstring strain he picked up against Norwich on Sunday.
In what will surely be part recuperation, part relaxation, Alexis will spend some time in his native country in a kind of enforced mid-season break.
In an interview with Radio Tele13 on Tuesday, Chole coach Jorge Sampaoli said, “We have contacted the medical team at Arsenal, who gave him a week of treatment in Chile.
“We have to see how it is [the injury] to know how quickly he can recover, but we are aware of everything and we’ll see if we can contribute to Alexis getting back on the pitch sooner.”
So, hopefully some home cooking and a bit a rest will help him along the way, with a mooted return for the Man City game on December 21st.
And having missed out last season due to the festive schedule in England, we wonder if Christmas might come early for the people of Tocopilla, his home town. In previous years he had played Santa, throwing out presents for the residents from the back of a large truck, but that wasn’t possible because of the lack of a winter break in the Premier League.
Once he doesn’t do his shoulder any damage … or play any games of 5 a side with kids on a rock hard pitch … don’t do Alexis, no matter how much they cry!