Chile striker Alexis Sanchez may need surgery on his ankle after picking up an injury in their 0-0 draw against Colombia last week, Inter Milan have said.
Sanchez injured tendons in his left ankle when he was fouled towards the end of the match and missed Tuesday’s friendly win over Guinea.
Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda had said after the Colombia game that Sanchez could be out of action for two to three months if the injury required surgery. “Alexis Sanchez underwent medical tests … Results revealed a joint dislocation in his left ankle, which has caused damage to the peroneus longus tendon,” Inter said in a statement.
“The player will meet for further consultations with Professor Ramon Cugat in Barcelona on Wednesday, where they will seek to decide on whether surgical intervention is necessary.”
Sanchez, 30, is currently on loan at Inter from Premier League side Manchester United. He has scored once for the Italians in four appearances in all competitions.
Inter fans angry with Juan Cuadrado of Juventus
With Alexis Sanchez facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Inter fans have directed their anger at Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado for his role in the injury. The two squared off over the weekend in international play, as Chile and Colombia played to a 0-0 draw.
Unfortunately for Inter fans, the biggest news coming out of the friendly is the injury suffered by their 30-year-old striker. Sanchez was taken down by a substantial challenge from Cuadrado late in the match, and an initial statement from the Chilean football federation stated the forward suffered dislocated tendons and possible ligament damage.
With the forward back in Italy ahead of further tests, there are fears he could miss the next two to three months of action. That has angered Inter fans, who have shown their displeasure with Cuadrado on Twitter.