Mikel Arteta provides injury update on two Arsenal stars ahead of Liverpool clash – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has provided an injury update on Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe ahead of the club’s Premier League clash against Liverpool on Saturday.
The Gunners went into the international break after a 3-3 draw at West Ham United where they made a sensational comeback from three goals down.
Saka was picked to play for England in the World Cup qualifiers, but he did not travel with the team as he was nursing a hamstring problem.
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Arteta provided an update to the media where he confirmed that Saka has yet to train with the team.
He told Arsenal.com: “He hasn’t trained with the team yet. He’s been doing some individual work.”
“We had to pull him out of the England squad, unfortunately. He’s feeling better, but he hasn’t trained with the team yet.”
Meanwhile, Smith Rowe was on England Under-21 duty for the Euro 2020 group stage, but he did not feature in the final against Croatia due to a hip problem.
Arteta said that the playmaker will be assessed to find out whether he can return to training tomorrow.
He added: “He has some discomfort in his hip and that’s why they decided to keep him out.
“We will see today how he comes here, we will speak with the doctors and the physios and see if he is available for training tomorrow.”
Saka and Smith Rowe have been hugely influence towards the club’s season turnaround since December, and both have come up with key goal contributions.
Saka returned from a hamstring injury to face the Hammers before the international break, and it appears that he may have suffered a minor recurrence.
Meanwhile, Smith Rowe had picked up hip concern last month, but he was able to make a quick comeback and starred in the north London derby.
Similar to Saka, his concern could be related to the previous injury concern and hopefully, they can make a comeback ahead of a vital game on Saturday.