The Chilean Football Association have this afternoon confirmed that Inter Milan star Alexis Sanchez damaged tendons in his ankle during the country’s meeting with Colombia.
The South American heavyweights went head-to-head yesterday, in a friendly clash in Alacant, Spain.
Reinaldo Rueda’s Chile headed into proceedings in search of a bounce-back display, on the back of 4 straight outings without a win.
The latest of these saw La Roja put to the sword by Honduras last month.
When the 90 minutes were said and done yesterday evening, though, Chile’s winless streak stretched to 5 games.
A disappointing clash, during which Colombia dominated in terms of chances created, eventually saw both sides forced to settle for a 0-0 stalemate.
Finaliza el partido en el José Rico Pérez de Alicante:
Colombia 🇨🇴 0 vs. 0 🇨🇱 Chile
— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) October 12, 2019
And an altogether underwhelming afternoon for Chile was also compounded by a blow on the injury front.
La Roja attacker Alexis Sanchez was forced off with just minutes remaining in the matchup, after going down with an ankle problem.
And, as has since been confirmed by the Chilean Football Association, the 30-year-old’s injury could well result in a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Sanchez suffered a ‘dislocation of his left ankle peroneal tendons.’
The statement continued:
‘Tests with magnetic resonance imaging and dynamic echotomography will be carried out to make the best therapeutic decision.’
🚨 Terrible news for Inter, as Chile confirm Alexis Sanchez dislocated tendons in his ankle during Colombia friendly.
Wishing Alexis a speedy recovery 🙏 pic.twitter.com/QYkHzWrI72
— Adriano Del Monte (@adriandelmonte) October 13, 2019
This will of course come as a major source of concern for Italian giants Inter Milan, where Sanchez is currently on loan from Manchester United.