Arsenal is hopeful that Bukayo Saka has not sustained a serious injury and that he will be able to play against Chelsea on Sunday.
In the game’s first four minutes, the 21-year-old assisted, but he was substituted after 30 minutes during Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest.
Ten minutes after Renan Lodi’s hard challenge, he was taken off after receiving initial treatment and walked straight to the tunnel, where his replacement, Reiss Nelson, scored twice in the second half.
According to The Sun, Saka left the Emirates on Sunday night without the need for crutches or a protective boot, which is encouraging news for Arsenal, who is still keeping an eye on the injury.
In their final Europa League group matchup against FC Zurich on Thursday, Arsenal is not expected to include the England star. He may, however, play a role at Stamford Bridge this weekend, the report adds.
Knowing the full extent of Saka’s injury will put Arsenal and England through a stressful wait. On November 21, the Three Lions take on Iran in their first World Cup match.
When providing an update on his player’s performance in the most recent game, however, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta also used a slightly more encouraging tone.
Hopefully, the World Cup is not in doubt, Arteta said during a press conference.
He was limping as a result of the bad kick, but he was oblivious to anything more. He took several kicks to the foot and ankle.
This season, Saka has participated in every Premier League game, and Arteta recently dismissed concerns about the young player’s playing time, saying he would have no problems with him playing in 70 games.
Look at the top players in the world; they play 70 matches, every three days, and make a difference and win the game, Arteta said following the 1-0 victory over PSV earlier this month.