Sunderland will not have to worry about the threat of Chilean star Alexis Sanchez in tomorrow’s FA Cup third round tie at Arsenal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will not risk the 27-year-old former Barcelona man against the Black Cats, with the striker only now returning to fitness after missing the entire festive fixture list because of a hamstring injury.
Sanchez was expected to return for the victory over title rivals Manchester City before Christmas but suffered a setback in his recovery.
“The bad news of the week is that Alexis is not quite ready,” the Gunners boss told arsenal.com.
“It is a precaution because of his hamstring, and it takes a few more days. He’s not bad but he’s not ready.
“The thinking is to give absolutely everything to qualify. We are the holders and I know as well by experience that it is very important that you get in the competition and that you have a successful third round. It’s a tricky one, always, the third round.”