Bukayo Saka limped off Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend and is therefore an injury doubt for Thursday night’s Europa League clash against FC Zurich.
Arsenal will train today ahead of their final Europa League Group A game against FC Zurich.
But the big question is whether Bukayo Saka will be among the players involved in the London Colney session? The winger is a doubt for Thursday night’s game, having limped out just before the half-hour in the Gunners’ 5-0 rout of Nottingham Forest over the weekend.
With games against Chelsea, Brighton and Wolves to follow before the season goes into a six-week hiatus for the winter World Cup, the 21-year-old’s view is clearly struggling with a foot/ankle injury against Forest is not a good one. news for Arsenal fans or England manager Gareth Southgate.
However, Mikel Arteta has already tried to play down fears that the winger could miss the tournament in Qatar: “I hope not”, replied the Spaniard when asked if Saka is a doubt for the World Cup. “It was a bad kick. From the start he was limping, but I don’t see anything else.
“We’ll see how he is in the next few days. I think both [foot or ankle]. He got kicked a couple of times and wasn’t comfortable.”
In a potential boost for Arsenal and England, our friends at the Mirror reported that Saka was able to leave the Emirates Stadium on Sunday walking freely, plus being seen in the players’ lounge afterwards could be an indication that he didn’t sustain a major injury. blow.
In addition, the report stated that the Gunners would continue to assess their fitness with the aim of making a final judgment before the final Europa League Group game against Zurich, where Arteta’s team are set to match PSV Eindhoven’s result against FK. Bodo/Glimt to avoid a knockout. -off round tie in the new year.
Bearing that in mind, today’s workout is likely to provide a clear indication of the severity of Saka’s injury. If he participates alongside the likes of William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard, it’s safe to say he’ll be in contention against Zurich.
If he’s not involved, it could point to him missing the Europa League decider and attention will immediately turn to his availability for Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge. Either way, Arteta is expected to provide an update when speaking to the media at the pre-game press conference after practice.
October has been a productive month for Saka as he has scored four times and recorded an assist in nine games in all competitions, but it remains to be seen what November has in store for the talented winger as he tries to shake off a foot/ankle injury.