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Luton Town to miss 13 first-team players against Arsenal

Luton Town manager Rob Edwards has confirmed that the club could be without 13 first-team players against Arsenal on Wednesday

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Luton Town manager Rob Edwards has revealed the depth of the club’s ongoing injury crisis with the Hatters facing the possibility of being without up to 13 players for the Premier League fixture against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite defying preseason predictions of struggle, Luton find themselves battling relegation in their inaugural Premier League campaign. Occupying the final relegation spot, they’re in a precarious position, compounded by Nottingham Forest’s appeal against a recent points deduction.

Saturday’s heart-wrenching loss to Tottenham marked Luton’s tenth consecutive match without a win, highlighting their struggles despite a commendable goal-scoring record. However, their leaky defence, conceding 62 goals this season, poses a significant challenge, exacerbated by the current injury crisis.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of their trip to Arsenal on Wednesday, Edwards confirmed that Luton’s absentee list could include as many as 13 players, forcing the inclusion of several teenage prospects in the matchday squad. Captain Tom Lockyer remains sidelined, along with key players such as Amari’i Bell and Marvelous Nakamba.

“We’re likely to have 11, 12 or 13 players out,” Edwards said at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference. “We’ll probably have four teenagers on the bench – maybe more.

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“This is the biggest challenge we’ve ever had. Of course we had the incident with Locks [captain Tom Lockyer, whose football future remains undecided after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch against Bournemouth in December], but in terms of facing the best teams in the world in this period of injuries, it is.”

Addressing the daunting task ahead, Edwards emphasised the magnitude of the challenge, particularly against an in-form Arsenal side. Despite the adversity, he stressed the team’s determination to compete but acknowledged the difficulty in performing at their best without key personnel.

“But we’re competing and it’s a challenge. It’ll be a big challenge. We know it is a massive task, we’re aware of the size of it.

“Arsenal are in great form and we’re going to have to defend really well.

“But, depleted as we are, it’s hard for us to be at our best when we’re missing so many players.”

With influential figures like Lockyer still sidelined and a host of other players nursing injuries, Luton faces an uphill battle to secure a positive result against Arsenal.

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