By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Alexis Sanchez could be fit for Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Stoke this weekend.
Arsene Wenger gave an upbeat assessment on the Chilean’s fitness in the wake of the Gunners’ thrilling 3-3 draw at Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Sanchez has suffered a series of setbacks in his increasingly complicated recovery from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since late November.
Wenger had suggested that the forward is unlikely to make Arsenal’s Premier League trip to Stoke on Sunday but was more optimistic in his post-match press conference at Anfield.
Asked for the latest on Sanchez, Wenger said: “I will be cautious now. There is an opportunity that he will be in the squad for Sunday.
“He will have a definite test on Saturday and Friday and Saturday will be two important days for him. It is not impossible that he will be involved.”
Sanchez forward had been pencilled in to return for Arsenal in their FA Cup clash against Sunderland last Sunderland after being out since 29 November, when he went off with a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw against Norwich at Carrow Road.
But he suffered another setback, which came after he previously missed the win over Manchester City on 21 December that had initially been targeted for his comeback.
Arsenal’s match after the trip to the Britannia Stadium is the landmark clash against Chelsea, which takes place at Emirates Stadium on 24 January.