Written By Onyeka Daniel
Yesterday, concerns were raised over the health of Inter Milan forward, Alexis Sanchez by the Chilean national team doctors and now the manager has given an update on the fitness of the player.
As for the reported anaemia, reports from Italy has it that the Nerazzurri had already spotted the situation in his medical ahead of his free transfer move, which includes blood tests. There is believed to be a low red blood cell count, but it is not considered to be a serious condition and he is already undergoing treatment, including a specific diet.
The coach of the Chilean team explained in a press conference that the 34-year-old was left out of the squad for yesterday’s loss to Uruguay, but that he’ll be ready for the team’s second match of the international break against Colombia.
Sanchez has spent the early part of the season returning to full match-fitness. When he arrived at Inter for his second stint, he did not necessarily do so in ideal physical condition. This was because Sanchez had not had the chance to train normally with teammates after leaving Marseille.
Sanchez had worked individually to keep his fitness levels up during the summer. But without a full preseason with a team, it was never likely that the 34-year-old would have full match-fitness right away. This has meant that Sanchez has yet to feature in a matchday squad.
Furthermore, the veteran formal Arsenal and Barcelona man did not feature for Chile in last night’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay. According to Sanchez’s national team coach, however, it won’t be long until the 34-year-old is back on the pitch.
“Another match awaits us on Tuesday, an Alexis will be ready for it,” the coach said. “After the medical tests that he underwent in Italy, he needed a period of rest as a precaution,” he continued. “But once that time passes, he’ll be an option on Tuesday.”
The manger also stressed that “We had to be cautious with him.” “Sanchez’s absence [against Uruguay yesterday evening] was not a technical decision,” the La Roja coach added. “It was just for clinical reasons.”
Sanchez could be back in Inter’s squad for the derby clash with AC Milan after the break. His presence would be really needed, given the fact that team captain, Lautaro Martinez may not return back for the game in optimal condition.
With question marks over Martinez and Sanchez, Simone Inzaghi may have to start Marcus Thuram and Marko Arnautovic for the game against Milan and he will be delighted by the fact that the French forward will be back in Italy by Wednesday next week, three days before the derby. He is currently on international duty with France.
The 26-year-old Inter striker did not start for Les Bleus in their 2-0 EURO 2024 qualifying win over Ireland. However, Thuram came off the bench in that match. He came off the bench to score his team’s second goal to wrap up the win.
That came just a few days after Thuram had scored his first ever goal for Inter. The Frenchman is now hitting a rich vein of form. After having spent all preseason settling in to life in a Nerazzurri shirt, Thuram is looking more and more clinical and self-assured. According to reports Thuram will stay with the French camp until their friendly match against Germany on Tuesday.
After that, it will not be long before the 26-year-old is released to go and work with his club side. Inzaghi already has a plan for him as he has already become a vital player for the Nerazzurri this season. Out of all Inter’s summer signings,
Thuram is arguably the one to make the most immediate impact in the starting eleven. Therefore, there is little doubt that Thuram will be in the starting eleven for the Milan derby next Saturday. As such, Inzaghi will want time for the Frenchman to both rest and also do tactical preparations. The coach is reportedly working on specialized sessions with Thuram to sharpen up his goalscoring instincts.
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