Chile attacker Alexis Sanchez may not be fielded on Sunday when Chile takes on Cameroon at the just-started FIFA Confederations Cup holding in Russia.
The Copa America champions will begin their race to the title when they face African Champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the eight-team competition which serves as a test run of facilities ahead of next year’s World Cup finals.
According to Chile manager, the 28-year-old Arsenal star suffered an ankle injury in training, and it’d be best he’s let to rest in the opening game.
Sanchez suffered the problem on Thursday and was subsequently forced to sit out training on Saturday.
“Alexis had some health troubles a couple of days ago and, on Friday, we decided we would let him rest,” said manager Juan Antonio Pizzi at a press conference on Saturday.
“We will introduce him slowly so he can maybe join us later. He’s still recovering, he’s maybe not ready yet but we will wait until Sunday to see what’s best for him and what’s best for the team considering it’s the first game.”
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is likely out as well for the opener after sustaining a calf injury back in Premier League play with club side Manchester City.
Chile enters the Confederations Cup among the favorites to win the tournament, and they will face Germany and Australia to round out Group B play after Sunday’s clash with Cameroon.