Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez could miss up to three months of football after sustaining an ankle injury on international duty. The 30-year-old got injured in the second half of Chile’s goalless draw with Colombia on Sunday, October 12th.
According to Sky Sports, the Chilean Football Federation said that he suffered "dislocated tendons" in his left ankle.
Sanchez was looking to rebuild his career after a dismal year and a half at Manchester United. He signed for Italian club Inter Milan on a season-long loan in August this year.
After building up his fitness with a couple substitute appearances, he scored his first goal on first start away at Sampdoria. He was later sent off midway through the game as Inter managed to hold on for a 3-1 victory.
The Chilean will be hugely frustrated with the injury as he looked like he was on his way to full fitness after having missing out on the pre-season due to transfer speculation.
Sky Sports reported that Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda said that Sanchez could undergo surgery. "He could end up under the knife," he told a news conference.
"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," Rueda added.
Whatever happens, there is no doubt that the injury is a major setback for Sanchez in his quest to rediscover the form he showed while at Arsenal and Barcelona.