Arsenal: Arsene Wenger's Concern Over International Break Injury

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger in Sofia, Bulgaria, October 31. Wenger is concerned about an injury Alexis Sanchez sustained while on international duty. DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty

Arsene Wenger is sweating over the fitness of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez as he prepares to play for Chile with an injury, despite the Frenchman warning it would be a "suicidal decision."

Sanchez has been declared fit for the South American country's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Tuesday after recovering from what Wenger described as a hamstring injury.

The 27-year-old forward missed Chile's match against Colombia last week leaving Wenger concerned about the state his star striker will return in to north London.

Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said: "It's not that he hasn't trained, he's trained every day, even when we were in Colombia, he did a different kind of work. Yesterday he took part in full training.

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"At no time have we received pressure from any club. My stance is that I will never use a player who is not fit or capable of playing."

With Arsenal traveling to Old Trafford on Saturday as Wenger takes on his old foe Jose Mourinho, manager at Manchester United, the Frenchman is keen to have a full-strength squad.

"I believe that with a hamstring injury we have to get access for our medical staff to the MRI scan to see what grade it it, how bad it is and make absolutely sure they don't make any suicidal decision that could harm his future for two or three months," Wenger told beIN Sports.

"That is absolutely important. It's a grey area between the national team and the club team and of course they look at their own results, which I can understand, but we have to preserve the health of Alexis Sanchez."

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Wenger's team is fourth in the Premier League, two points behind league leaders Liverpool, while Mourinho's United is sixth.

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