FIFA Confederations Cup: Sanchez doubtful for Cameroon tie

International Edition By: Ambrose Udeme | 16/06/2017

FIFA Confederations Cup: Sanchez doubtful for Cameroon tie

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has emerged a doubt for Chile ahead of their FIFA Confederations Cup opener against Cameroon with the striker down with a minor ankle injury.

Chile who are holders of the Copa America trophy will on Sunday take on 2017 AFCON winners Cameroon at the Spartak stadium in Moscow.

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According to Arsenal correspondent for Goal Chris Wheatley‏: "Alexis Sanchez is a doubt for Chile in their Confederations Cup opener against Cameroon on Sunday. Minor ankle injury."

The competition pits the holders of each of the six (UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, OFC) regional championships, along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation, to bring the number of teams up to eight.

The tournament opener takes place in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, June 17, between hosts Russia and New Zealand, with the final held July 2.

Group A consists of hosts Russia, Oceania Nations Cup champions New Zealand, European champions Portugal and CONCACAF Cup winners Mexico.

Group B includes African champions Cameroon, Copa America holders Chile, World Cup champions Germany and AFC Asian Cup winners Australia. The top two teams from each group qualify for the semi-finals, much like the European Championships pre-1996.