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Norway coach gives BIG injury update on Martin Odegaard

Norway boss Stale Solbakken has provided a positive update on Martin Odegaard’s condition.

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Arsenal have been given a boost regarding Martin Odegaard, with the midfielder likely to be fit for this weekend’s game away to Brentford. Odegaard has been struggling with a hip problem and subsequently sat out Arsenal 3-1 win against Burnley following an impact to the face from a ball during training.

The Gunners are in third place in the Premier League with 27 points, same as Liverpool who are in second place and one point behind leaders Manchester City. 

Mikel Arteta is already without Thomas Partey for an extended period due to a thigh injury, while Fabio Vieira faces suspension following his red card against Burnley. Additionally, Emile Smith Rowe remains out of action due to a knee injury.

As per reports from the Mail, Odegaard had been dealing with an undisclosed concussion, leading to his absence in matches against Newcastle United, Sevilla, and Burnley. This followed an incident during the last training session before the St James’ Park game, where he was struck in the face by a ball.

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Following this, the Arsenal captain was omitted from the Norway squad for matches against Faroe Islands and Scotland to focus on regaining fitness with Arsenal. Subsequently, Norway boss Stale Solbakken provided a positive update on Odegaard’s condition.

Speaking at a press conference, Solbakken said: “I’ve just come from a 45-minute talk with Martin. He is getting better and better and gradually stepping up.

“It has been more or less three weeks without any special training, so it is important to take things step by step. Both he and Arsenal probably hope that he is available for the Brentford match.”

Arsenal are eager for Martin Odegaard to be available as they gear up for a demanding fixture list. Throughout this season, Odegaard has featured in 15 matches for Arsenal, scoring five goals and one assist.

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