Alexis Sanchez named in Chile's Copa America squad despite tournament starting 11 days after FA Cup final

FIFA regulations state clubs must release players 14 days prior to the start of the tournament, with Sanchez also set to return late for the start of next season.

Alexis Sanchez has been named in Chile's Copa America squad.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fine debut season at the Emirates, scoring 16 times in all competitions since his move from Barcelona.

However his call-up is a controversial one, with FIFA regulations stating clubs must release players 14 days prior to the start of the tournament, on June 11.

If enforced, those rules would make Sanchez unavailable for the FA Cup final with Aston Villa on May 30.

Boss Arsene Wenger suggested the Gunners had brokered an agreement with the Chile Football Federation to delay Sanchez's departure for the tournament - but conceded his star man would need some extra recovery time ahead of the new Premier League season.

The clause could also impact those involved in the Champions League final on June 6, with Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo both possibly featuring with Juventus and Barcelona respectively.

Chile's final friendly ahead of the tournament takes place a day prior against El Salvador.

Boss Jorge Sampaoli has also named QPR duo Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas in his 30-man preliminary squad.

The pair were included in the group of "bad eggs" singled out for their attitude during the club's doomed fight against the drop.

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