Inter’s Sanchez undergoes ankle surgery

Inter Milan's Alexis Sanchez reacts during the game against Sampdoria. — Reuters pic
Inter Milan's Alexis Sanchez reacts during the game against Sampdoria. — Reuters pic

MILAN, Oct 16 — Chile forward Alexis Sanchez has undergone surgery in Barcelona after picking up an ankle injury on international duty, his Italian club Inter Milan confirmed today.

Sanchez hobbled off in the 88th minute of a goalless draw in the friendly against Colombia in Alicante on Saturday.

Inter said that Sanchez underwent a consultation with Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona this morning. 

“The visit confirmed the diagnosis of the Inter medical staff and the decision was made to proceed with surgery on the left ankle,” the Serie A club said in a statement.

“The operation was performed in the afternoon on the peroneus longus tendon and it went exactly as planned.”

Medical tests in Milan yesterday revealed damage to a tendon in his left ankle and Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda said he expected the forward could be out for up to three months. 

Sanchez joined Inter on loan from Manchester United this season, but has made just four appearances.

The 30-year-old was sent off in his first full start after scoring in a 3-1 win over Sampdoria.

Inter are second in the Italian league one point behind defending champions Juventus after seven matches. — AFP

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