Sanchez may miss internationals – Wenger

Sanchez may miss internationals – Wenger
March 19 09:46 2017

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez’s right ankle is in “an absolutely terrible state” and he may have ligament damage, says manager Arsene Wenger.

The Chile international was substituted with 12 minutes left of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by West Brom.

Sanchez was injured in the first half, when he was fouled by James McClean, the BBC reports.

“He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to,” Wenger said. “In the end we had to take him off.”

Arsenal’s next match is at home to Manchester City in the league on 2 April, but Sanchez is in Chile’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Venezuela, the first of which is on Thursday.

Asked whether Sanchez would be fit to play for his country, Wenger said: “If it’s only a kick, he will play. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play.”

Arsenal lost goalkeeper Petr Cech to a calf injury at The Hawthorns as they suffered their fourth defeat in five league games.

They are now five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool in fifth, albeit with a game in hand.