Mikel Arteta delivers injury updates on Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard ahead of Burnley clash
Mixed news from the Gunners boss.
Saka was forced off late in Arsenal’s Champions League fixture against Sevilla on Wednesday, with the Englishman continuing to manage a number of niggles he has picked up throughout the season.
The winger was seen walking after the full-time whistle but has not trained with the side since and joins a growing list of doubts for this weekend’s game against the Clarets.
‘We need to give them 24 more hours to give them a chance. We won’t know till tomorrow,’ Arteta said at his press conference.
‘We want our players to play for their club and national team. Bukayo [Saka] didn’t train yesterday. Let’s see if he can make it tomorrow.’
Odegaard, meanwhile, is yet to start the Gunners’ last four games but has still been called up to international duty for Norway.
‘[He is] still racing,’ the Spaniard replied when asked about his captain’s chances of making the weekend’s action. ‘He’s trying everything that he can. Let’s see. It’s a possibility.’
Jurien Timber and Emile Smith Rowe remain unavailable for selection, while midfielder Thomas Partey also remains out after he underwent a procedure on a thigh injury in the week.
The 30-year-old has made just four league appearances all season and has not played since the beginning of last month.
‘He’s progressing really well,’ Arteta said about the Ghanian international. ‘I said hopefully it will be weeks not months.
‘He needs support and hopefully the injury will heal in the right way because he’s a big player for us.’