Arsenal injury news ahead of Man Utd clash: Bukayo Saka latest, Granit Xhaka return date

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Arsenal take on Manchester United on Thursday evening as they look to make it back-to-back Premier League victories.

The Gunners secured a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon – with Mikel Arteta’s men bouncing back perfectly from the heavy defeat to Liverpool the weekend before.

Arteta will be hoping his side can take advantage of United’s recent form, despite the Manchester-based outfit’s mini-revival in the last two matches that has seen them beat Villarreal and draw with Chelsea more recently.

However, Arteta could be without some key players for the trip to Old Trafford this week, so football.london rounds up the very latest injury news.

Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka was very impressive in Arsenal’s win against Newcastle, with the England international opening the scoring, but it was not all good news for him.

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Saka limped off in the second half after suffering an injury and will now be assessed ahead of Thursday’s clash, Arteta confirmed after Saturday’s win.

What Arteta said: “It was an action where he said he felt something. He wasn’t comfortable to continue and we’ll have to assess him and probably scan him to see if there’s any injury there.”

Expected return date: To be confirmed

Granit Xhaka

There appears to be some positive news regarding the fitness of fellow midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Despite continuing his recovery from a knee injury suffered against Tottenham Hotspur, the Swiss was spotted taking part in training ahead of the loss to Liverpool.

Arteta confirmed recently that the deep-lying playmaker is on the road to recovery and could return sooner than had been previously planned.

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What Arteta said: “Hopefully he will be a little bit sooner than expected, he’s training and pushing himself and all the staff so hard like he always does and he’s in a good place. He’s evolving well and hopefully, we can have him a little bit earlier.”

Expected return date: In the New Year

Sead Kolasinac

Bosnian defender Kolasinac has not had the best of luck on the injury front with Arsenal and that appears to have worsened.

After a heavy challenge in a World Cup qualifier against Finland recently, the left-back had to be carried off of the pitch.

The Gunners revealed that he has sustained a ‘significant’ ankle injury and is not expected to be fit for the foreseeable future at the very least, missing the last few matches.

Expected return date: N/A

Source by Football London

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