Copa America: Alexis Sanchez on track after injury, says Reinaldo Rueda

Alexis Sanchez's performance against Japan at the Copa America pleased Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda.

Chile attacker Alexis Sanchez scored a goal in his team's win on Monday.   -  Getty Images

Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda believes Alexis Sanchez is on the "right track" after the attacker scored in a 4-0 win over Japan on Monday.

Sanchez scored for the first time since January in the two-time defending Copa America champion's victory in Sao Paulo. The Manchester United attacker was sidelined late during the Premier League season with a knee injury, but was on the scoresheet in his first appearance since early May.

REPORT | Japan 0 Chile 4

Rueda was pleased with what he saw from Sanchez, who netted just twice in 27 games for United in 2018-19. "He's on the right track. We wanted to reserve him for the next games, but he's recovered well," he told a news conference.

Chile started its title defence in style as Eduardo Vargas netted a brace to go with goals from Erick Pulgar and Sanchez. Rueda was happy with his team, which moved top of Group C ahead of Uruguay.

"Chile have very experienced players, they know each other very well, with a base of many years," he said. "The current champions usually make a bad debut, but we worked hard not to suffer with that."