By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Alexis Sanchez is facing a race against time to be fit for Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Chelsea later this month.

Arsene Wenger revealed last Thursday that the Chilean had suffered a second setback in his increasingly complicated recovery from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since late November.

Sanchez was ruled out of Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Sunderland at the weekend, which Arsenal won 3-1, and now Wenger has said that the forward is a doubt for their fixture against Stoke on Sunday.

The Arsenal manager has already ruled Sanchez out of Wednesday’s trip to Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Monday morning, Wenger said: “It is too soon for Alexis. Maybe he will be [available] for Stoke.”

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Sanchez could now face a battle to be fit for the landmark clash against Chelsea, which takes place at Emirates Stadium on 24 January.


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Sanchez forward had been pencilled in to return for the Gunners at Emirates Stadium on Saturday after being out since 29 November, when he went off with a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw against Norwich at Carrow Road.

This comes after he previously missed the win over Manchester City on 21 December that had initially been targeted for his comeback.

Meanwhile, Wenger revealed that goalkeeper David Ospina will undergo a late fitness test ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Anfield.