Alexis Sanchez will head back to Inter Milan earlier than planned after sustaining an ankle injury in Chile’s 0-0 friendly draw with Colombia.
Sanchez’s Saturday night in Alicante ended with him limping off the pitch in the final two minutes against Colombia. The Inter man, who had a forgettable performance in the game itself, received a knock to his left ankle.
Reinaldo Rueda then replaced him with Felipe Mora for the remainder of the match as Chile finished goalless with Colombia.
However, the La Roja coach didn’t initially rule Sanchez for Tuesday’s next friendly against Guinea at the same venue.
“Alexis seems to have suffered a small blow to the ankle,” Rueda told Radio Cooperativa after the friendly.
“Tomorrow we will evaluate all aspects more thoroughly. We played against an opponent with different physical qualities.”
But now the Chilean Federation has confirmed that tests have shown a “dislocation of the tendons” in Sanchez’s ankle. Therefore, he has withdrawn from the national team and will now head back to Inter.
Once the 30-year-old arrives in Milan, the club will have him undergo a fresh set of tests to examine the injury before deciding on a course of action.
This setback couldn’t have come at a worse moment for a struggling Sanchez. He missed large parts of last season for Manchester United down to hamstring, knee and ankle problems.
After falling out of favour at Old Trafford, the former Arsenal star joined Inter on loan for this season hoping to get his career back on the right track.
So far, though, Sanchez has made just four appearances in all competitions for the Nerazzurri. Although his last two outings did hint at a possible return to form upon registering his first goal and assist for the club.
A suspension following his dismissal against Sampdoria last month, however, meant he couldn’t help prevent his new side from surrendering their Serie A lead to rivals Juventus during last weekend’s 2-1 derby defeat.