WORLD CUP: SANCHEZ TO PLAY DESPITE INJURY

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Despite a heavily bandaged knee, Arsenal's star player, Alexis Sanchez had been declared fit and available for Chile's World Cup qualifier to be played against Uruguay.


Sanchez, who was being closely watched, to ascertain his level of fitness, had trained with the National team on Monday despite sporting a heavily bandaged thigh.

He is also being watched by his club team, Arsenal ahead of the upcoming Premier League game against Manchester United.

Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi had confirmed the news of his fitness which would likely be seen as a welcome news for Arsene Wenger who hopes his star forward would be ready to take on the game against United by weekend.

On the other hand, it might turn out to be a nightmare scenario if Sanchez is not fully recovered, yet played in the match after the Chilean coach had dubbed his injury a "low grade muscle injury."

Chile's last game in Colombia on Thursday, which ended in a draw, was played without the Arsenal forward after he had picked up the injury, and Wenger was irate at the thought that his player was being too risked by the national team.

He was being monitored all along to ascertain his fitness level but is in line to be recalled to the team after a successful training session with the rest of the team. Pizzi had also said Claudio Bravo, Manchester City's goalie and Arturo Vidal, Bayern Munich's midfielder will also be available for the World Cup qualifier game.

"Sanchez was not ready for the game in Colombia, but we knew the injury was a small one and we could have him for this match," Pizzi said.

"The three of them (Sanchez, Vidal and Bravo) are available to me for tomorrow's World Cup qualifiers game against Uruguay."