Cape Town - Inter Milan have confirmed forward
Alexis Sanchez has undergone successful surgery on his injured ankle,
but have not put a time-frame on his return.
The Chilean, on loan at the Serie A club from Manchester United, was
diagnosed with a dislocated ankle and tendon damage on Tuesday after
sustaining the injury on international duty.
Inter have now confirmed the 30-year-old travelled to Barcelona and had surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday afternoon.
An Inter statement on their official website read: "Alexis Sanchez
was in Barcelona this morning for consultation with Dr Ramon Cugat.
"The visit confirmed the diagnosis of the Inter medical staff and the
decision was made to proceed with surgery on the left ankle.
"The operation was performed in the afternoon on the peroneus longus tendon and it went exactly as planned."
Inter did not put a timescale on Sanchez’s recovery but reports in Italy have suggested 12 weeks.
Sanchez joined Inter on a season-long loan in August after failing to
impress at Old Trafford and has scored once in four appearances for the
His solitary goal came in a 3-1 win at Sampdoria last month before he was sent off in the same game for a second yellow card.
The injury to Sanchez has led to reports suggesting that boss Antonio
Conte will now look to bring in a replacement in the January transfer
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has been mentioned as one possible target as he struggles for game time in the Premier League.