Arsenal have suffered a major boost ahead of this weekend’s clash with Man City at the Etihad Stadium after learning that star player Kevin De Bruyne will be missing due to an ongoing ankle injury.
De Bruyne, 30, featured from the bench in the Cityzens’ 1-0 narrow opening-weekend defeat away to Tottenham but wasn’t present on the bench for the 5-0 thumping of Premier League newcomers Norwich City.
This had prompted fans to speculate what was going on with the Belgian and we now know more after his international manager Roberto Martinez provided the latest on the attacking midfielder.
“Kevin is not available [to play for Belgium against Estonia],” Martinez explained.
“As you know he had some minutes against Tottenham, but after that game he still felt some pain [in the ankle].
“He’s taking a different route now. He’s not gonna be playing this weekend. The idea is to see how his injury progresses.”
This comes as a big boost to Mikel Arteta, who is looking to build upon his first win of the season on Wednesday night against West Brom by getting off the mark in the league.
Defeats to the London duo of Brentford and most recently Chelsea have significantly increased the pressure on the Spaniard but this injury blow for their opponents on the weekend gives the north Londoners a bit of hope that some kind of result could now be salvageable from Manchester.
Five goals, plus a considerable amount of assists against the Gunners over the years, has made the Emirates Stadium a favourable stomping ground for the Belgian midfield maestro.
Coupled with this boost for Arteta, he confirmed too that the defender Gabriel Magalhaes is making a good recovery fromhis injury and has a good chance of featuring on the weekend.
The 39-year-old told the media in his pre-match press conference: “He’s getting closer, he’s had a couple of sessions with the team but we don’t know. Let’s see tomorrow how he is.”
Source by Football London