Chile medical staff are preparing a "special plan" for Alexis Sanchez ahead of the upcoming international games amid concerns about the Arsenal star's fitness due to the numbers of games played in the start of the season, an insider from the national team has revealed to AS Chile. Sanchez suffered a problem in his groin just before the previous international break during the 3-0 victory over Manchester United.
However, Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli decided to play him the full 90 minutes during the victories over Brazil and Peru after revealing that the Arsenal star was that crucial for them that he had to play even if he was not 100% fit.
Arsene Wenger later revealed that he was tempted to rest the Chilean for the following Premier League game against Watford but eventually kept him in his starting line-up. Sanchez later also played a big part in the Champions League victory against Bayern Munich and in the Premier League wins over Everton and Swansea, being only rested for the Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
AS Chile reports that both the Gunners and the national team doctors are aware of the situation and therefore will make a special plan for him ahead of the coming internationals against Colombia and Uruguay.
"Alexis will be taken with caution when he arrives to the (national team camp). He always is eager to play and demanded himself the maximum in the training sessions but we do not want to get him exhausted or demand him to much so he will do some different exercises (to the rest of the squad)," an insider from the national team told AS Chile. "He is privileged (in terms of fitness) because he recovers very fast and the month of holidays he had after the Copa America was very good for him, although he struggled a little bit to get back on track in the start of the campaign."
The Chilean publication, nevertheless, points out that since the Copa America, Sanchez has played 18 games in just 83 days and that before the coming international he is still expected to play a role in the Champions League trip to Bayern and as well the crucial derby against Tottenham on Sunday 8 November.