Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was forced off the Carrow Road pitch with a hamstring injury and Arsene Wenger admitted he was worried the problem was worse than the Chilean was letting on.
There had been much debate over whether Sanchez needed a rest, but Wenger decided to play the influential South American, who limped off after an hour.
The Gunners will discover the extent of Sanchez's and Laurent Koscielny's and Santi Cazorla's injuries on Monday. But, speaking after Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Norwich City, the French manager admitted last season's PFA Fans' Player of the Year may be playing down the issue.
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As per the Daily Mail, Wenger said: "He says it is a kick on his hamstring, I believe that is not really the reality. I fear it is not the reality."
Arsenal can ill afford to lose Sanchez at this vital stage of the season. Having failed to win a Premier League game during November, the festive period is threatening to dismantle their title challenge.
The 26-year-old has been influential since moving to the Emirates from Barcelona, scoring 22 and assisting nine goals in 49 league appearances.
"He says it is a kick on his hamstring, I believe that is not really the reality. I fear it is not the reality."
Wenger has received a lot of criticism on social media after he decided against giving Sanchez a rest.
However, the manager has defended his decision to play the Chilean, saying there were a lack of alternatives and he trusted his forward's assessment of his own body.
"At the moment we have - on the striker front - not much choice. Maybe the travelling as well to South America....I would have rested him today, but he felt perfectly all right before the game and he declared that he had no problem," he said.
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