Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that Alexis Sanchez is trying to downplay the severity of his injury in order to return to the pitch as soon as this weekend’s clash against Sunderland.
Sanchez injured his harmstring in last weekend’s game against Norwich City and was withdrawn after the Gunner’s medical team indicated he could no longer continue the game.
‘Sanchez thinks it is [just] a kick,’ revealed Wenger.
‘[But] I think it is muscular. If it is, then it’s 2-3 weeks.’
Wenger had admitted that he knew it was risky to start the winger against Norwich after the player complained of a little discomfort in his harmstring but the manager decided to start the 26 year old and was forced to replace him after he aggravated the injury.
However Wenger has been criticized for not resting the winger despite the injury fears before the game.
Fitness expert and former Wales assistant Raymond Verheijen said:
“Nobody has a magic ball that he can predict everything and be 100 per cent sure.
“But when you talk about football training there are some principles and there is also logical thinking and common sense.
Sanchez has played every Premier league game for the Gunners this season despite having a short break after the Copa America that was played last summer.
The Chilean faces a three week lay-off should scan results show he pulled his hamstring.
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