Alexis Sanchez's time at Manchester United has gone from bad to worse.
The extent of the injury Alexis Sanchez sustained in Manchester United's game against Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday has been revealed, with the Chilean expected to miss between six and eight weeks of action.
Sanchez stayed down after a collision with Jan Bednarek in the opening stages of the second half, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced into replacing him with Diogo Dalot.
And, in reports from his homeland publication El Mercurio, as relayed by journalist Maks Cardensas, the forward is now set for six to eight weeks on the sidelines with a knee issue.
In a tweet, Cardenas explained: "Alexis Sánchez will be out for six to eight weeks."
Alexis Sánchez estará fuera de seis a ocho semanas. Contó el kine de la selección Pedro Oñate a El Mercurio.— Maks Cárdenas (@MaksCardenas) March 4, 2019
The 30-year-old had just returned to the United fold after a difficult 13 months in Manchester. After struggling to attain real minutes under Jose Mourinho, the forward was hampered with a hamstring injury at the start of December that kept him out of the reckoning until the New Year.
The Red Devils are due to take on Arsenal at the Emirates this weekend, and the Chilean international is now set to miss this this understandably seminal fixture. Indeed, if the worst view of the injury is taken, this could potentially mean the end of Sanchez's 2018/19 season.
United's final fixture of the league campaign is against Cardiff City at home on May 12th, and he is almost certain to miss the crucial preceding clashes against Manchester City and Chelsea on the 24th and 28th of April, respectively.