Chilean national team manager Reinaldo Rueda has provided an update with regard to the condition that Inter attacker Alexis Sanchez finds himself in ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifier with Venezuela on Tuesday night.
“Alexis responded well, perhaps in this afternoon’s training we can have a more objective assessment of the situation,” Sanchez explained in his pre-match press conference which took place on Monday evening, as quoted by Italian news outlet FCInterNews.it.
“The minutes he played in the previous match were good, it happened because he wanted the best for him and for us, it’s a matter of hours before we make a decision.”
Rueda then went on to insist that he has great respect for Inter following the recent spat he began with the club when he accused them of having a lack of respect and not taking care of Sanchez, statements Inter hit out at.
“I have great respect and admiration for Inter, I have always dealt with my players as a coach, from Honduras to Colombia and now in Chile.
“It is a question that perhaps I was wrong to deal with, because it is a matter to be dealt with from one medical personnel to another medical personnel.
“What happened last October was imponderable. It was a situation in which Alexis, due to his characteristics, was more exposed and it was an injured that meant he had to undergo an operation and three months to recover.”
Sanchez started on the bench in Chile’s 2-0 win over Peru a few days ago and came on for the final six minutes of the match in Santiago. It now remains to be seen whether or not he will play against Venezuela.
The 31-year-old has made seven appearances across all competitions to date for Inter this season, in which he has tallied two assists.