Inter Milan have today confirmed that Alexis Sanchez is recovering well from the long-term ankle injury picked up by the on-loan Manchester United man last month.
Chilean international Sanchez joined Man United in January of last year, on the back of a scintillating stint with Premier League rivals Arsenal.
To say that the 30-year-old’s time at Old Trafford subsequently proved disappointing, though, would be an understatement.
Sanchez, simply put, failed to deliver in any way, shape or form in a Red Devils jersey.
All told, last season saw the experienced South American notch a paltry 2 goals across all competitions.
In addition, amid a visible dip in confidence, and persistent fitness problems, Sanchez managed just 9 Premier League starts.
As such, it came as little surprise when the former Barcelona man’s departure was made official late in August.
Sanchez joined Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan on loan for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign, reuniting with Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro:
🛑 | EVERYONE STOP
🥂 @Alexis_Sanchez is a Nerazzurri player! 🇨🇱⚫🔵
— Inter (@Inter_en) August 29, 2019
‘Going very well’
The attacker’s time in Milan, though, has since also proven a major disappointment.
Sanchez actually enjoyed a decent start to life in the Nerazzurri jersey, notching a goal and an assist across his first 4 appearances.
However, just when he appeared to be getting things back on track, a serious injury picked up whilst on international duty last month saw Sanchez confined to the sidelines.
The 30-year-old damaged ankle ligaments during a friendly meeting between Chile and Colombia:
🏥 | ESAMI
— Inter (@Inter) October 15, 2019
As such, Sanchez was expected to remain sidelined until the middle of January.
Speaking earlier today, though, Inter’s head of medical services, Piero Volpi, revealed that the on-loan Manchester United man could yet make an early return to the pitch, with his recovery ‘going very well’.
During an interview with La Cuarta, Volpi explained:
‘It is a delicate injury, but the recovery is going very well. The deadlines are being met.’
‘Mid-January [is the return date] but we’ll see. Alexis could even come back a little earlier if all goes well.’
‘He has not yet done work with the ball, but we hope that in the next few days we will have news about it. Everything is going well.’
Quotes via Goal