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By Emma Sanders

Alexis Sanchez has delivered an inspirational message on Twitter to his Chile teammates after he was forced to sit out their international clash against Columbia.

The Arsenal forward did not travel with the squad as they prepare to take on the South American side in their World Cup qualifier after he sustained a hamstring injury in training.

However, Sanchez was keen to show his support for the team and delivered a message on his personal Twitter account prior to kick-off wishing his teammates good luck and expressing his disappointment at having to miss out.

“Success and strength companions, I wish you the best for today. Sad for not being able to play, but sometimes things happen in life … I trust you very much and I support you to go the distance. Let’s go Chile,” said Sanchez on the social media site.

Sanchez was originally thought to have picked up a minor hamstring injury and could still feature in Chile’s clash against Uruguay next Tuesday despite concerns from Arsene Wenger.

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Arsenal are holding their breath about the severity of Sanchez’s injury while awaiting an update from their counterparts in Chile.

The 27 year-old has started the season in sensational form, scoring six goals in Arsenal’s opening 11 Premier League fixtures as they climbed to third position in the table.

The Gunners are just two points behind league leaders Liverpool and they have an important fixture against rivals Manchester United following the international break.

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