At the moment it seems the newspapers simply roll a dice to determine how many weeks Alexis Sanchez will miss through injury…
However, the latest update from La Tercera is a good one (depending on how you look at it) because we could still have the chance of playing the star man against United.
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford on the 19th and have already lost Hector Bellerin to injury, but Wenger has been sweating over the fitness of his centre forward even more.
According to the local press, Alexis being Alexis, he wanted to travel with the squad to feature against Colombia in Chile’s first World Cup qualifier and risk the injury.
However, manager Juan Pizzi ensured that the fan favourite would stay at the training camp where he was looked over by a kinesiologist and was cleared to return to training.
Now (if you’re still with me) Alexis is back with the rest of the squad in full intensity training to get prepared for their next test against Uruguay on Tuesday 15th.
He’s expected to start that game which isn’t welcomed news by Arsene Wenger, who recently criticised the national team for over-playing the forward without any care of his long-term game.
We’ve seen Alexis get rushed back from injury at Norwich around this time last year, where he picked up a massive setback in a game that saw us also lost Cazorla and Walcott.
If there was ever a bad time to lose our starting striker, it’s now. With Lucas and Welbeck already on the sidelines that leaves Olivier Giroud as our only option.
Keep your eye on Tuesday’s game to see if Alexis features, and of course follow us on Twitter for all of the latest news and views on the situation.