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Alexis Sanchez suffers injury blow on international duty

Alexis Sanchez will be allowed to return early from international duty to have an assessment on a potentially serious ankle injury, the Football Federation of Chile (ANFP) has confirmed.

The winger was substituted late in Chile’s goalless draw with Colombia in an international friendly on Saturday The forward, who is on loan at Inter from Manchester United, will now travel back to Milan for tests on an injury that may require surgery.

Sanchez has suffered a ‘dislocation of his left ankle peroneal tendons’, according to the ANFP and will miss Tuesday’s game against Guinea. “Tests with magnetic resonance imaging and dynamic echotomography will be carried out to make the best therapeutic decision,” the statement continued.

Sanchez was playing for his national team for the first time since June when he was involved in Chile’s 0-0 draw with Argentina.

The 30-year-old has scored one Serie A goal since leaving United for Inter, his sole strike coming in a win away to Sampdoria, during which he was sent off. However, Sanchez may be a doubt for Inter’s upcoming Champions League double-header against Borussia Dortmund.

The Serie A side host the Germans on October 23 then travel to Dortmund for the reverse fixture in Group F two weeks later.

In the league, Inter also face Sassuolo, Parma and Brescia this month. It looks like Antonio Conte’s side could be without Sanchez for the next few weeks at least, while he receives from the ankle problem.

The former Barcelona and Arsenal man has suffered repeated injuries in the last two years, particularly since he left the Emirates in 2018. In his season and a half at Old Trafford, Sanchez was forced to miss long periods due to hamstring, knee and ankle injuries.

The problems drastically affected his time at United and Sanchez made just 45 appearances and scored only five goals in that time.

As for Chile, they play Guinea on Tuesday at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez in Spain.

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