Alexis Sanchez out “a Long Time” with “Aggressive Muscular Injury”

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Alexis Sanchez has just not been himself since he moved over to Manchester United from Arsenal last January, and he’s not going to have an opportunity to come correct any time soon. The Chilean has failed to produce since making the switch to Old Trafford, and now he faces a spell of potentially six weeks on the sidelines due to a major hamstring injury.

More specifics will be known, and a potential timeline for his return defined once the team gets the results of his scans, but manager Jose Mourinho gave a very detailed answer about the seriousness of the injury Sanchez suffered in training on Thursday.  “It is an aggressive muscular injury,” Mourinho said at his Friday news conference.

“He has not had a scan yet but the player is experienced. He knows what the injury is. From my experience, the painful scream and the way it happened, it will be a long time.  For me and Alexis Sanchez, the grade is different to the one that (Victor) Lindelof has and that was not easy.”

Given the massive workload of the festive period fixture congestion ahead, this is a pretty big blow for United. They could be without the highest paid player in their history for up to 10 matches. Yes, Sanchez has been a major bust, but you got to feel for the guy. It sounds like he was just in horrific pain yesterday, and that’s not something you would ever want to wish on anyone.

Manchester United vs Southampton FC FYIs

United Starting XI Prediction: go to this link

Injury report: go to this link

Mourinho Press Conference video below: Alexis talk begins around the 3:25 mark

Kick-off/TV: 530 pm (BST), Saturday December 1, St. Mary’s, BT Sport 1

Odds via William Hill: United 88/100  Draw 26/5  Southampton FC 10/3

Prediction: United 1, Southampton FC 0

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation. 

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