Alexis Sanchez could return from injury for Inter Milan quicker than was initially anticipated. The winger, who is on loan at the Italian club from Manchester United, was ruled out for around three months after suffering a serious ankle injury while on international duty with Chile last month.
However, the 30-year-old may now be back in action ahead of schedule.
Inter’s chief medic Professor Volpi told Chilean newspaper La Cuarta: ‘We worked well with Alexis Sanchez and that particular injury requires some careful monitoring, but it has been going pretty favourably, all things considered.
‘The schedule for recovery we worked out at Inter has been fully respected. He is still expected to return in mid-January, but we’ll see. Alexis could even be back a little bit ahead of schedule, if all goes well.
‘We will have a better idea of the situation after the Christmas break. He hasn’t yet started working with the ball at his feet, but hopefully we should have developments on that front over the next few days.’
Sanchez scored once in four appearances for Inter before injury struck.
He is currently on a season-long loan from United but it remains to be seen what his destination will be next summer, when Sanchez will have two years remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.
Sanchez endured a miserable time at United as he scored just five goals in 45 appearances.