Inter striker Alexis Sanchez continues to deal with a calf injury, which is nagging him and from which he is having a hard time fully recovering.

This is confirmed by Pablo Milad, President of the Chilean FA, who explained in an interview with Chilean broadcaster Adn Radio, as reported by FCInterNews, that the 32-year-old’s injury setback is an ongoing problem and will rule him out of Chile’s World Cup qualifiers during the international break next month.

This could be bad news for Inter, with it being unclear how long it will be until head coach Simone Inzaghi can rely upon Sanchez as part of his attacking rotation.

There had been hope that the Chilean could be returned to fitness in time for this weekend’s Serie A opener against Genoa, but that prognosis now looks to have been highly optimistic, with the reality being that he could be out for weeks longer.

Sanchez has been dealing with the knock since the summer when he was ruled out of all of his country’s participation in the Copa America except for 45 minutes against Brazil, and he will now miss at least the first two games of the Nerazzurri’s season with no certainty on when he will be back in action following the international break.