Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Lucas Perez will be out of action for 6-8 weeks after the Spanish striker suffered an injury during the 2-0 win over Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
The £17m signing from Deportivo la Coruña was fouled by substitute Danzell Gravenberch and the damage to his ankle/ligaments will see him miss a busy period for the Gunners.
“Hopefully he’ll recover, but he’ll be 6-8 weeks out”, said the boss. There are also uncertainties around Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla, all of whom will face fitness tests today to see if they make the trip to the north-east.
In better news though, Olivier Giroud is back in contention after his run-out in midweek, while Aaron Ramsey is in the squad for the trip to Sunderland.
Asked if the duo might come straight back into the starting XI, Wenger said, “I have to be a bit cautious, especially with Aaron Ramsey.
“He has only had one week with the team so I will have to see.”