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Injury update on Gabriel Magalhaes ahead of Manchester City clash

Arsenal are facing multiple injury concerns with key players like Gabiel Magalhaes ahead of the title showdown with Manchester City

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Ahead of the crucial Premier League title clash against Manchester City next weekend, Arsenal are working to ensure the return of several injured players, including defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

Gabriel’s absence would be a blow for Arsenal, particularly given his role in the defence alongside William Saliba, contributing to nine clean sheets while he’s been on the pitch.

However we understand the Brazilian’s injury isn’t deemed as serious, and he’s in contention for the game at the Etihad this weekend.

The 26-year-old was called up to the Brazil squad for the international friendlies against England and Spain but withdrew as a precaution with a suspected Achilles tendon injury. He opted for rest to address inflammation and has since returned to Arsenal.

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Brazil coach Dorival Junior explained the decision after replacing Gabriel with Juventus defender Gleison Bremer in the team.

“I had already communicated previously that we work with a slightly more extensive list. A pre-call, we can put it that way, and again, we had another casualty. Unfortunately, Gabriel Magalhaes is uncalled. In his place, we are calling Bremer, from Juventus, from Italy.”

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The precise details of Gabriel’s injury remain unclear and are expected to be clarified during Mikel Arteta’s press conference before the Manchester City clash.

It seems unlikely but if Gabriel is to be ruled out, Arsenal may turn to alternatives such as Jakub Kiwior or Ben White, potentially leading to defensive reshuffling with players like Takehiro Tomiyasu or Oleksandr Zinchenko stepping in.

However, Arsenal injury concerns extend beyond Gabriel. Bukayo Saka, who was also sidelined from England duty due to muscle tightness, is undergoing rehabilitation with Arsenal medical staff, aiming for a swift return to training.

Furthermore, hopes are high for the involvement of Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey, both of whom featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly during the international break. While Gabriel Martinelli races against time to prove his fitness after sustaining a foot injury, Jurrien Timber’s return to action remains a work in progress following ACL surgery earlier this season.

With the domestic season set to resume at the end of March, Arsenal’s focus is squarely on ensuring the availability of key players for the high-stakes encounter with Manchester City, as they strive to maintain their title aspirations.

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