Jose Mourinho confirmed during Friday’s press conference that Alexis Sanchez had suffered an “aggressive muscular injury” in training and would be out for six weeks.
The Chilean, who only has one goal this season, was not included in the match-day squad for Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Young Boys, with Mourinho insisting after the game that he was not injured.
But reports begun to emerge on Thursday that Sanchez had suffered a hamstring injury in training, although the severity remained unclear.
Mourinho confirmed today that, although no official tests had been done, both he and Sanchez knew that the type of injury picked up would leave the latter on the sidelines until 2019.
When it rains, it pours, I suppose. Sanchez, for one reason or another, has fallen foul to levels of misfortune at Old Trafford which make you wonder whether the footballing gods simply do not want him to succeed in a United shirt. Ever.
He had demonstrated a couple of promising signs playing down the middle instead of the out-of-form Romelu Lukaku, while hardly blowing anyone away either. Still, it felt like incremental improvement.
Sadly, though, Sanchez will have to start all over again when he returns in January.