Fabio Vieira was absent from training at London Colney earlier today as Arsenal prepare for the game against RC Lens in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Gunners will qualify for the Champions League round-of-16 for the first time in seven years with a victory at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow night. However they’ll have to do it without the Portuguese midfielder.
Fabio Vieira has been to see a specialist this week and undergone surgery on his groin. Mikel Arteta expects him to be unavailable for a few weeks.
Mikel Arteta on Fabio Vieira during today’s press conference: “We’ve got a problem with him. He’s been having some discomfort. He wasn’t improving and we sent him to a specialist, the advice was to have an operation which we did yesterday. We expect him to be out for weeks now.”
The good news for Arsenal is that Martin Odegaard returned to the side against Brentford last weekend and is now expected to start the game in the Champions League tomorrow night, in Fabio Vieira’s absence.
Mikel Arteta also provided an update on Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey and whether the pair can be expected back before January: “It is a possibility. Emile has already been on the pitch doing some jogging. He’s a quick healer. Thomas the same. We need them to be back at their best”
Mikel Arteta on if the midfield is a bit light with the recent injury news to Fabio Vieira: “We’ve been very unlucky with some of the injuries. We’re not the only club with injuries. Where it happens is a bit critical. The team needs to adapt.”