Arsenal produced an incredible comeback on Saturday afternoon as they came from 2-0 down to beat Bournemouth 3-2 and stay top of the Premier League with a five point cushion, however it wasn’t all good news for Mikel Arteta…
In the 22nd minute of the game new signing Leandro Trossard was replaced by Emile Smith Rowe. The Belgian had Arsenal fans concerned when he had to come off as, with Eddie Nketiah & Gabriel Jesus both already out, their options up top were set to become even more limited.
Mikel Arteta spoke post-match and said this on Trossard’s injury…
“He felt something in his groin when he was tracking back in the first half. He had to come off. It looks like something muscular.”
As the Evening Standard reports, Leandro Trossard will be unavailable for the Thursday night clash against Sporting CP. However the Belgian will undergo some scans this week, and the early signs suggest the injury isn’t as bad as originally feared for Arsenal’s number 19. He’s expected to be out for a maximum of two weeks & could feature again before the International break on the 19th March, which is great news for Mikel Arteta.
Eddie Nketiah’s fitness has also been a concern for the Gunners. The striker was out against the Cherries due to an ankle injury, and a time frame hadn’t been set on his return to action.
However the striker will face a late fitness test ahead of Arsenal’s game in Portgual on Thursday night, so isn’t completely ruled out of the game just yet. If Nketiah isn’t deemed fit enough then Fulham on Sunday will most likely be the game where the player returns to action.
It’s expected to be a very short term problem for Nketiah & he’s due back on the pitch very soon.
Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson put in a shift against Bournemouth that may be necessary again on Thursday night.