Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out for up to eight weeks through injury.
The 30-year-old forward damaged the ligament in his knee during Manchester United‘s 3-2 win over Southampton on Saturday, following which he was forced off the field in the second half.
Now, Pedro Onate, the doctor of the Chilean national team, has revealed details about the player’s injury to Chilean news outlet El Mercurio.
“Yes, we communicate with the player today (Sunday), they take the exams, and that (ligament damage) is the injury,” Onate admitted.
Then speaking from the national team’s perspective, the doctor added: “No, there will be no problems for him to reach the Cup (Copa America), because he will be between six and eight weeks without playing.
“Alexis may even play again before those deadlines. Also, a lot is missing for the Copa America. The distension of the medial ligament is an annoying injury, but not so complex.”
While not a huge blow for Chile, it certainly is a cause for more headache for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who now has nine of his players ruled out through various injuries.
Further, Alexis’ absence also dampens the Red Devils’ hopes of making a comeback in the Champions League, as they shall now face Paris Saint-Germain in the return leg on Wednesday without one more superstar.