Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger might not choose to give star attacker Alexis Sanchez the much needed rest he deserves due to the injury crisis which struck the Gunners lately.
The brilliant Chilean forward was expected to return from the international duty with his national team almost 36 hours ahead of the match at the Hawthorns. Chile was defeated 3-0 by Uruguay following a 1-1 dull draw against Colombia last week.
Sanchez is now even more important to the Gunners and Wenger earlier promised to give him a brief rest following the international duty, but unable to keep his promise right now.
When asked if the inform hitman will be given some leave, Wenger clarified: “At some point yes. At the moment I am a bit short because [I have] no Chamberlain, no Ramsey, no Walcott, no [Jack] Wilshere, no [Danny] Welbeck.
“There is not many offensive positions where I can rotate.
“I am worried because when he went to Chile he was already a bit jaded and to see what state he will come back [in], I will have to test.
“But speaking to the player, if I ask him ‘are you tired?’ you can guess the answer.”
Sanchez will not be called for any national service until March, next year, which gives the Arsenal manager a complete control over his wellbeing.
“That is welcome that there is no international break now,” he further said.
Sanchez has played as many as 69 matches for Arsenal in last 15 months after a hefty transfer from Barcelona in the 2014, summer along with his packed up international workload.
But Wenger has no other choice but to continue with him as Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Danny Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere all still out with injury.
However, there is some good news on the injury crisis, as right-back Hector Bellerin available after recovering from a groin problem.
But Wenger will assess the two Frenchman Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud’s situation before the match against West Brom following the duo’s involvement for their national team during the recent terrorist attack in Paris when France beat Germany last Friday.
Wenger revealed French defender Koscielny, specifically was most affected in Tuesday’s match with England at Wembley following the Parris attack.