Alexis Sanchez has had a pretty successful summer.
The Arsenal winger helped Chile to their second consecutive Copa America title with another penalty shootout victory over Argentina.
On an individual basis, Sanchez took home the Golden Ball, given to the tournament’s best player - an award he richly deserved.
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During the tournament, Sanchez scored three times and assisted two more during the Chile’s six matches and uploaded an incredible photo of Instagram with his winners’ medal in his mouth, the Copa America trophy in one hand and the Golden Ball in his other.
However, Sanchez’s success has certainly come at a cost.
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Shortly after the final, the 27-year-old uploaded four pictures of his heavily swollen ankle. Yes, it looked fairly painful but nothing too serious.
However, he had just uploaded an update on his injury and it’s fair to say his injury has taken a turn for the worse.
The Gunner uploaded four pictures on Twitter and they’re pretty grim.
The first one appears to show the incident which caused the injury with his left ankle being trodden on by an opponent. It certainly doesn’t look good. And neither does the swelling in the other three photos with his whole leg appearing yellow and purple. Arsenal fans will no doubt be a little fearful looking at these images. And who can blame them?
Along with the images, Sanchez wrote: Fourth day of my vacation, locked up in the hotel bored lol 😂... But I'm much better. 🏆✌🏆 “
While Arsenal fans were obviously very worried after the images were posted on social media some found the funny side and decided to make a joke. Look at some of the best reaction:
The extent of Sanchez’s injury is still unclear but Gooners will be hoping his ankle just looks worse than it actually is.
Arsene Wenger’s side don’t play their first pre-season match until July 28 so the Chilean has plenty of time to recover. We think he needs some R.I.C.E treatment - rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Sanchez has enjoyed a decent two seasons at the Emirates, scoring 42 goals in 93 matches since his £31.7 million move from Barcelona.
Upon his return to north London, he will be hoping on emulate his Copa America form on the club level as Wenger’s side look to win their first Premier League title since 2004.