Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez will be out for two to three months following an ankle injury he sustained while on international duty for his countryside Chile
The 30-year-old forward suffered an unfortunate knock while on international duty when he broke down during the second half of a 0-0 friendly draw with Colombia on Saturday.
The South American, who is on loan at Inter from Manchester United, is now waiting to discover the full extent of his ailment
Speaking to reporters, Chilean boss Reinaldo Rueda told reporters when asked for an update on Sanchez’s condition: “He could end up under the knife”.
“Inter, his club, will decide. We could lose him for two or three months. 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. Now we have to wait for these decisive hours. We will see what happens.”
Sanchez who had seen his debut for the Nerazzurri delayed by fitness issues brought with him from Manchester, will 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 if he is to be ruled out until into 2020, as 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.
The South American, who joined Antonio Conte’s Inter on a season-long loan deal in August, scored on his first start for the Serie A title hopefuls against Sampdoria on 28 September and he also impressed in their Champions League defeat at his former club Barcelona.