Inter winger Alexis Sanchez is set to be out for three months after undergoing ankle surgery.
The Manchester United loanee picked up the injury while on international duty with Chile as he went down during the second half of a 0-0 friendly draw with Colombia on Saturday.
Following the match, the Chile Football Federation revealed that Sanchez had suffered “dislocated tendons”.
Inter’s assessment of the injury produced the same diagnosis, and he will now be out of action until 2020 after going under the knife in Barcelona on Wednesday.
“Alexis Sanchez went to Barcelona this morning for a consultation with Dr. Ramon Cugat. The visit confirmed the diagnosis of the Nerazzurri medical staff, it was therefore decided to proceed with surgery on the left ankle,” the club said in a statement.
“The surgery of the peroneal tendons was then performed in the afternoon and was perfectly successful.”
It’s a shame because he had started playing again with Inter and scored two goals, while also playing in the Champions League. “He was happy and super motivated.
Sanchez has endured a wretched run of luck in recent times. A move from Arsenal to Manchester United in January 2018 was supposed to see him embrace a new challenge and take his game to ever greater heights.
He has, however, struggled throughout his spell at Old Trafford and that led to the Red Devils sanctioning a season-long switch to San Siro over the summer, with Sanchez presented with another clean slate.
Things started positively enough in Italy, but a first goal for Inter was followed by a red card during a Serie A clash with Sampdoria.
Sanchez had seen his debut for the Nerazzurri delayed by fitness issues brought with him from Manchester.
He has now suffered another setback in his bid to rediscover peak form for club and country. Sanchez will be a big miss for Inter boss Antonio Conte as he is to be ruled out until 2020.
Inter are looking to battle with Juventus for domestic glory this season, with the reigning champions currently holding a slender one-point lead at the summit.