Alexis Sanchez will miss Arsenal’s tour of the United States due to the ankle injury he suffered in the Copa America final.
Sanchez was forced off in extra-time of Chile’s penalty shoot-out victory over Argentina following a heavy challenge from River Plate’s Gabriel Mercado.
Reports earlier this month suggested the former Barcelona forward could miss the start of the season, but Arsene Wenger is confident the 27-year-old will be fit to face Liverpool on August 14.
Cuarto día de mis vacaciones, encerrado en el hotel aburrido jajaja 😂… Pero ya estoy mucho mejor. 🏆✌🏆 pic.twitter.com/i0KN0JBsnE
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) June 30, 2016
“Alexis will not go because he had an ankle injury,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “It is not too bad but I will leave him behind.”
The Gunners’ Euro 2016 contingent from Wales, Germany and France will also miss the fixtures against the MLS All-Stars and Chivas, as well as Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista.
“The players who won’t make it are the players who went very far in the European Championship, such as [Aaron] Ramsey, [Mesut] Ozil, [Olivier] Giroud and [Laurent] Koscielny,” Wenger added.
“I left Gabriel behind today because he has tonsillitis and is infected. He cannot travel.”