'Don't do this' - Fear for Arsenal fans as Alexis Sanchez set to play for Chile
Sanchez is available for Chile's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay after returning from injury, La Roja coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has confirmed.
The Arsenal striker missed last Thursday's goalless draw in Colombia after suffering what the Chile Football Association described as a ''low-grade muscle injury'' during training.
Sanchez's recovery was being monitored ahead of Tuesday's visit of Uruguay to Santiago but after returning to full training with his team-mates, the 27-year-old is now in line for a recall.
"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. The three of them (Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo) are available to me for tomorrow," Pizzi told a press conference.
He added of Sanchez: "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."
Pizzi also dismissed any suggestion the injured players' clubs had sought to influence his selection decisions.
"At no time have we received pressure from any club. My stance is that I will never use a player who is not fit or capable of playing," he said in quotes reported by the South American media.
"All of the clubs can remain calm, we are very respectful of our players. The health of our players is paramount, we will never force any player who has not got the medical all-clear."
The Sanchez news will be a boost to Arsenal, with the former Barcelona forward having scored eight goals in 15 matches for the Gunners this season.
However, fans are extremely worried about their star man worsening the "small" injury during the World Cup qualifying match as Arsene Wenger's side gear up to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday:
According to reports in Chile, Alexis Sanchez trained today & will face Uruguay on Tuesday, hope it doesn't backfire, big risk #AFC— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) November 12, 2016
Hi @Alexis_Sanchez pal can you stop pretending you're a machine and actually get some recovery time. We need you. Thanks.— TF⁹ (@TheFalseNein) November 12, 2016
Alexis Sanchez willing to risk re-injury ahead of Arsenal's clash with Man United by playing for Chile with quad tear 😔— Arsene's Chilean (@ArsenesChilean) November 9, 2016