Bukayo Saka is a doubt for Arsenal's games against Brentford and Bournemouth this week, Mikel Arteta has confirmed. This is a fresh concern for the Gunners who are already without a host of first-team players.
The winger, who scored in the 2-2 North London Derby draw against Tottenham Hotspur last time out, was seen limping towards the end of the game and ultimately was replaced by Emile Smith Rowe. As reported by football.london, the England international was in severe pain after taking a knock on his foot.
However, despite an understanding that the knock wasn't thought to be anything serious, Arteta, when speaking ahead of Arsenal's Carabao Cup third-round tie against Brentford has revealed that the 22-year-old hasn't been able to train since and admits he's not certain to be available for selection against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
«He was limping quite badly after the match,» the Spaniard told reporters on Tuesday. «We had to get him off the field. He hasn’t been able to participate in the session. It’s a possibility (he could miss Bournemouth).»
Assuming Saka is also a doubt for the cup tie at the Gtech Stadium that would make it seven senior players unavailable for selection with Arteta confirming Thomas Partey, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard remain sidelined along with long-term injury casualty Jurrien Timber.
«Won't be available,» the Gunners boss said of the Belgium international. «Let’s see how he improves day by day. He did some activity and that’s why he felt it. It was uncomfortable.»
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