Bukayo Saka was involved in a nasty clash during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Leeds at the weekend. The England international, who came on as a substitute, was not risked and immediately brought back off the field of play, replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
After the game, Mikel Arteta was not clear in his assessment of Saka’s fitness. “He was in pain,” said the manager.
“We’re going to have to assess with the medical staff how bad it is, but it looked like a pretty bad challenge and he was in pain so we decided to take him out straight away.”
Despite the initial worry, Arsenal have released a statement on their website providing a positive update on the 18-year-old’s fitness.
‘Right leg impact. Sustained dead leg during the match at Leeds. Has not travelled to Molde but will be available for Sunday’s match against Wolves.’
This will come as a huge relief to Arsenal fans who have watched their side fail to create much in the way of chances and goals this season. Saka’s brief cameo against Leeds at Elland Road sparked a brief period of hope and the England international had a great chance saved by the Leeds United keeper Illan Meslier.
Saka will not play in midweek Europa League action but will likely start for the Gunners with Nicolas Pepe suspended after his red card in the previous league fixture.
The club also provided updates on Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, Willian, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli.
Both Kolasinac and Elneny who had tested positive for Covid-19 over the international break were confirmed to be out of the midweek match with Molde. It is unknown whether the pair will be available for the Wolves game.
David Luiz has returned after the birth of his daughter which meant he was unavailable for the trip to Leeds United. he will likely feature in the Europa League with Shkodran Mustafi also rotating in for Gabriel and Rob Holding.
Thomas Partey and Willian have not made the trip to Norway and are both continuing to work on their issues. Only Willian was mentioned to being assessed for the weekend’s game with the Ghanaian still working through rehabilitation.
Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are both long-term absences but both have been pictured in full training building up their fitness for a return to action.
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