Declan Rice was replaced at half-time of Sunday's 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Tottenham due to a back issue; tests showed the midfielder does not have a major issue and he could face Bournemouth on Saturday; Arsenal host Man City on Sunday October 8, live on Sky Sports
Tuesday 26 September 2023 11:55, UK
Declan Rice has avoided serious injury and could be in contention for Arsenal's Premier League game at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Rice underwent tests on Monday after feeling discomfort in his back in the north London derby on Sunday, which forced him off at half-time.
Scans have revealed the problem is not a major one, although the midfielder continues to feel discomfort and is not expected to take part in the Carabao Cup game at Brentford on Wednesday.
Rice will continue to be assessed this week ahead of the trip to Bournemouth, as will Leandro Trossard, who missed the draw with Tottenham because of a slight muscle issue.
The news means Rice is set to be fit for Arsenal's match against title rivals Manchester City on Sunday October 8, live on Sky Sports — although the champions will be without Rodri after he was sent off in their win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
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Mikel Arteta will host a news conference on Tuesday ahead of the trip to Brentford, when he is also expected to provide updates on the fitness of Gabriel Martinelli and Thomas Partey, while Jurrien Timber is a long-term absentee with a serious knee injury.
After the draw with Spurs — which saw Jorginho, Rice's replacement, make an error for one of the visitors' goals — Arteta said of the summer signing: «He had a back injury. He was really uncomfortable during the match.
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