Chile have confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will play against Uruguay tomorrow night, despite the fact the Arsenal forward is carrying a hamstring strain.
Sanchez was seen with heavy strapping around his thigh in training, but coach Juan Antonio Pizzi told reporters he’d recovered sufficiently having missed last week’s clash with Colombia.
“Sanchez was not ready for the game in Colombia, but we knew the injury was a small one and we could have him for this match,” he said.
“It’s not that he hasn’t trained, he’s trained every day, even when we were in Colombia he did a different kind of work. Yesterday he took part in full training.”
He also said that Chile would not play a player if there was a risk of them aggravating injuries.
“All of the clubs can remain calm, we are very respectful of our players,” he said.
“The health of our players is paramount, we will never force any player who has not got the medical all-clear.”
What’s not clear is what constitutes an ‘all clear’, and after Arsene Wenger expressed his opinion that it would be ‘suicidal’ to play the 27 with a muscle strain, Arsenal fans will be waiting anxiously to see if one of the club’s most influential players is in good enough shape to face Manchester United on Saturday morning.