Jose Mourinho has told the press this morning that he does not expect Alexis Sanchez to play again this year.
The Chile international suffered a hamstring injury in training on Thursday, as per Sky Sports.
Sanchez recently lost his place on the left to Anthony Martial after the Frenchman hit peak form for the Reds. The former Arsenal man can have no complaints as his move to Old Trafford hasn’t exactly gone to plan.
For a fan, it’s been disappointing because many of us wanted Sanchez last January and the club worked tirelessly to make that happen knowing rivals Manchester City were also keen.
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Reports that he wants out of Old Trafford reoccurred again this week, as per the Daily Mail, which hardly shows the player up for having a good mentality. Sanchez should be fighting to make his United career a success.
However, Mourinho was asked about his injury at this morning’s press conference. He said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “No scans yet. But the player is experienced, the player knows what the injury is and also from the top of my experience, just the painful scream and that way the injury happened I know it’s going to be for a long time.
“Is not the little muscular injury that in one week or 10 days the player is ready, is for me and also for Alexis, the feelings before the scans is that the grade is different than the Lindelof one and the Lindelof one was not an easy one as I think Alexis has what I used to call an aggressive muscular injury.”
It doesn’t sound good for Sanchez but he should be aiming to return by hitting the ground running.
Moreover, it’s telling that Lindelof’s injury is more significant to the team than Sanchez being out for a longer period of time.
The Swede had been performing very well at the back for United.