Alexis Sanchez will be sidelined for up to eight weeks after suffering a knee ligament injury during Manchester United’s win over Southampton.

The Chilean was forced off in the 52nd minute at Old Trafford on Saturday and required scans on his right knee the following day.

According to reports in Chile, Sanchez has been told he will now be out for six to eight weeks, which means he will miss the majority of United’s Premier League run-in, as well as the FA Cup quarter-final against Wolves on April 16.

‘We spoke with him [on Sunday] and he had the tests and that’s the injury,’ Pedro Oñate, a kinesiologist who works with Chile’s national team, told El Mercurio.

‘No, there will be no problems for him to be fit for the Copa America because he won’t be playing for six to eight weeks.

‘But Alexis may return before those deadlines. The medial ligament distension is a troublesome injury, but not so complex.’

Sanchez has been struggling to find his form since arriving at Old Trafford just over 13 months ago and has been linked with a move away in the summer transfer window.

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December, Sanchez has been unable to secure a regular role in United’s attack and has started only five games under the Norwegian.

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