Update on Alexis Sanchez Hamstring Injury
The closest to having a chance is Alexis. Medically, we think – my people think, he will not be ready [for Manchester City] but Alexis being Alexis, you never know. – Arsene Wenger
Alexis Sanchez was nursing a hamstring strain ahead of the game against Norwich and maybe were hoping he would get a breather at Carrow Road but with the paucity of options at Arsenal’s attack due to injuries, Wenger risked the Chilean for the game and he created an assist for Mesut Ozil in the game’s opener. Shortly afterwards, Alexis pulled up short and had to be replaced by Joel Campbell. Initial prognosis showed that he had aggravated the hamstring injury and he was set to be out for three to weeks, which meant that he was going to miss the all-important clash against Olympiakos and the top of the table clash with Manchester City.
Olivier Giroud turned out to be the hero of Athens and one of the players that was in the team in Alexis’ absence, Joel Campbell, was awesome in every sense of the word. Arsenal has been awarded for defeating Olympiakos with a clash against Barcelona but that’s a fish Wenger has to fry in February. Right now, all focus has turned to the clash against Manchester City on Monday night and Wenger will be hoping that his players would be fit for the match against the Citizens.
According to the Evening Standard, Alexis has returned to training ahead of the game against Manchester City.
The Chilean maverick has been rehabilitating in his homeland and is due to travel back to London but the Arsenal medical staff will have to wait till he returns to London Colney before making a decision on whether to start him against Manchester City or not. Arsenal has a lot of fixtures during the festive period and fatigue could be a factor for some of the players.
In Sanchez absence, Arsenal has secured victories over Sunderland, Olympiakos and Aston Villa but their title credentials will be tested heavily when Manuel Pellegrini’s side come to town. Alexis was projected to miss this game with his comeback scheduled for either the Southampton or Bournemouth game but history has taught that Alexis is some superhero that just loves football, and he heals faster than your average Joe Hart.
I’m just hoping that he doesn’t aggravate the hamstring again.
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