Arsenal star forward, Alexis Sanchez, has taken to his social media account to reveal the state of his injury, following Chile’s 2-0 defeat of African champions, Cameroon in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday.
Sanchez suffered an injury to his ankle just days before Chile’s opening game at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia against Cameroon, which saw him start on the bench as they began the tournament on a positive note.
With the La Roja struggling to break down the organized Indomitable Lions, after initially having a goal ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee, VAR, just before the break, coach, Juan Antonio Pizzi, turned to his star man for some inspiration, bringing him on two minutes before the hour mark.
It turned out an inspired move, as chile took the lead with nine minutes left to play through a perfectly placed header by Arturo Vidal, with Sanchez the provided. In added time, Chile doubled their lead, albeit in another controversial way involving the VAR, with Sanchez yet again in the thick of it all.
After beating the Cameroon’s offside trap, the speedy forward rounded the goalkeeper, only to see his shot superbly blocked before team mate, Eduardo Vargas, finally got his name on the score sheet, reacting the quickest to shoot home the resultant rebound.
After the game, the Bayern Munich target took to his Instagram account to share pictures of his leg, with images showing a swollen left ankle.
Nevertheless, coach Pizzi did allay fears that the 28-year-old had suffered any further damage to his ankle.
“All the players on the bench can join the game at any time,” Pizzi said.
“In this situation, when you have an excellent player of course you try to find a time when he can come on and we wanted to see that. He [sanchez] has had some health issues but he played well and didn’t suffer any more problems,” he added.