By Will Butcher
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the injury status of Alexis Sanchez, after the Chilean star was injured during his country’s Copa America campaign.
The former Barcelona ace injured his ankle during the final of the tournament after a horror tackle from Argentina’s Gabriel Mercado.
Talking to Arsenal Player, the Gunners boss stated that Sanchez’s injury is ‘not too bad’, as well as giving an update on the rest of the squad as his side jet off to the United States.
“I left Gabriel behind today because he has tonsillitis and is infected. He cannot travel. Alexis will not go either because he had an ankle injury, but it is not too bad, but I will leave him behind as well.”
Sanchez, who began his career at Chilean side Cobreloa, posted horrific pictures of his injury on Twitter after the game, which left Arsenal fans fretting over their star-player’s availability for the start of the season.
Cuarto día de mis vacaciones, encerrado en el hotel aburrido jajaja 😂… Pero ya estoy mucho mejor. 🏆✌🏆 pic.twitter.com/i0KN0JBsnE
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) June 30, 2016
Despite the injury, it proved to be a successful summer for the 27-year-old, who claimed the Golden Ball for being the tournament’s best player.
Wenger also told Arsenal Player that the players who went far during Euro 2016 won’t be joining the rest of the squad in America.
“The players who won’t make it are the players who went very far in the European Championship, such as Ramsey, Ozil, Giroud and Koscielny.”
The Gunners face MLS All-Stars as well as Chivas USA during their time in The States, but for now will have to do battle without their star-man Sanchez.