Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez could reportedly be set for a six-week spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury on international duty.
The 27-year-old sustained what was described as a “low-grade muscle injury” by the Chilean FA in training on Tuesday, with the Gunners ace set to undergo further scans to discover the full extent of the problem.
It had been hoped that he would be able to recover from the minor setback in time for Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on November 19.
However, as noted by The Sun, Arsene Wenger has been given an early scare as it has been reported that the issue is serious and could sideline Sanchez for six weeks.
If that is the case, not only would he of course miss the United game, but he would also be sidelined against Bournemouth, Southampton, West Ham United, Stoke City and Everton, as well as the crunch Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain on November 23.
For now, Arsenal supporters face an anxious wait to discover what the scans show, but the early suggestions aren’t promising as one of their more influential players has picked up an untimely setback.
Sanchez has been in stunning form so far this season, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in 15 appearances in all competitions.
In turn, if he is to miss time, then Olivier Giroud could be brought back into the starting line-up having recovered from his own fitness issues, although it would force Wenger into tinkering with the system and style of play that has been so successful for Arsenal to this point.