Arsenal Striker Alexis Sanchez will miss the club’s league opener against Leicester City on Friday night.
The Chilean forward, who returned to training last week after an extension on his summer break, is said to be suffering from an abdominal strain, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The 28-year-old, has had his Arsenal future clouded with uncertainties after reports showed he is inching for a move away from the Emirates, but has grown increasingly resigned recently that he will be seeing out the final year of his contract in north London – despite a desire to reunite with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
He watched from the stands as the Gunners beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield on Sunday, and it had been hoped he would be ready to face Leicester on Friday night.
However, Arsene Wenger has said he will not be risked, following a scan earlier this week.
“Sanchez will not be available. He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training.
“He had the scan two days ago. He’s out for I don’t know.”
Wenger also said Sanchez is focused and it’s never easy when a player is on the medical bench.
On whether the club had received any offers and where interested in selling, Wenger reaffirmed that they were not interested in entertaining any offer.
“I cannot tell you that,” he added. “We are not open to any offers anyway.