Arsene Wenger has disappointed with the handling of Chile’s national team of Alexis Sanchez after the player picked up a hamstring injury.
The 26-year-old missed last week’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia after the Chilean FA confirmed the former Barcelona forward had suffered a minor strain.
Wenger subsequently warned Chile not to make a ‘suicidal decision’ and risk Sanchez for Tuesday’s match against Uruguay.
Incredibly, a patched up Sanchez, wearing a bandage and applying ice to his hamstring, played 84 minutes, scored twice and apparently came through unscathed.
Wenger now faces a dilemma ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, but amid a mounting injury crisis, has warned Sanchez to give him the full picture before he picks his team.
‘What I will consider is the risk of injury because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury,’ Wenger said. ‘I’ll consider the way he feels as well. On that front you depend on the honesty of the player, how they feel and how they recover.
‘I haven’t heard a lot because we didn’t know if he’d play or not. In the end they decided to play him. He texted us to tell us he’s in good shape after the game. He came off after 84 minutes and now we have to wait. I see him tomorrow morning and then I will see if he can be involved in the squad or not.
‘I completely understand that Alexis wanted to play in qualifiers – they’re not friendlies. Chile are not in a fantastic position to qualify for the World Cup and I understand that Alexis is keen to play for his country in such an important game.’