Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda has omitted Alexis Sanchez from the squad ahead of their two friendlies next month
Sanchez came on as a second-half substitute in Manchester United’s humbling 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford and missed their previous loss to Brighton altogether.
With two defeats in their opening three games, United have made their worst start to a campaign in 26 years and Rueda feels that the club “need” Sanchez more than Chile do right now in this “difficult moment”
Chile are set to face Japan and South Korea for friendlies in the Far East which will result in a potential 10,000 mile round trip for Sanchez.
Fellow star players midfielder Jorge Valdivia and forward Esteban Paredes are also out due to their Chilean club Colo-Colo reaching the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals for the first time in 24 years.
“It’s not up to me to think about what’s best for a club side, I’m interested in my team,” said Rueda, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“But I know how exhausting the Copa Libertadores can be and this time I prefer those Colo-Colo players to concentrate on that.”
Sanchez is Chile’s all-time record goalscorer and the most capped player with 39 goals in 121 appearances.
Known as “The Wonder Kid” back home, Sanchez played a key role in helping Chile secure back-to-back Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016 over Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
Below is the full 24-man Chile squad.
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