Tomiyasu, Saka and Tierney: Arsenal injury news and expected return dates ahead of Chelsea
Mikel Arteta saw his Arsenal side qualify top of their Europa League group and thus advance to the competitions round of 16 after a 1-0 win over FC Zurich. The victory sees the Gunners finish on 15 points and therefore avoid a two-legged tie against a team dropping down from the Champions League.
Arsenal have had positive injury news over the last few days with Bukayo Saka, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Mohamed Elneny all returning to training this week and all being featured in the matchday squad in Thursday’s game against Zurich with Saka and Elneny both getting minutes.
However there were some concerns coming out of yesterday’s Europa League match with Takehiro Tomiyasu a possible doubt for the weekend and Kieran Tierney seemingly in some discomfort towards the end of the game. With that said, here’s a look at the latest Arsenal injury news:
After not being selected in the starting 11, Takehiro Tomiyasu was brought on for Ben White with 17 minutes to play and after bringing some solidity to the Gunners backline went down in the 88th minute.
The Japanese international was seen clutching his hamstring and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told BT Sport: “He had some muscular issue so we will assess him in the next 48 hours and see what happens.”
The Scotsman put in a superb shift at left back for Arsenal which saw him score his first goal of the season and help the Gunners keep a clean sheet.
Late on in the fixture, Tierney seemingly went over with a possible problem, but the man himself ruled out any injury in his post-match interview on BT Sport and could certainly be in line for a start with Tomiyasu possibly out of the Chelsea fixture after he pulled up clutching his hamstring.
The Egyptian midfielder made his first appearance for Arsenal in over two months in the Europa League victory over Zurich. Elneny suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-1 Premier League win over Fulham and was expected to be out of action until the new year.
However, he appeared to be miles ahead of schedule when he was spotted in Tuesday’s training session, and Elneny played 63 minutes on Thursday night before he was replaced by Thomas Partey as he works his way back to full fitness.
After limping off in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest, many Arsenal fans and England fans alike would’ve been fearing the worst for Bukayo Saka but the Englishman was back in action just four days after an injury concern saw him substituted in the first half on Sunday.
Saka replaced Gabriel Jesus in the 63rd minute and helped Arsenal see out their narrow victory over Zurich to qualify as group winners and after seeming to get through the game without any issues, will almost definitely be available for the huge Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
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