Arsenal will be without Laurent Koscielny for the FA Cup final after the French international was sent off in the 14th minute of yesterday’s 3-1 win over Everton.
It also seems likely we’ll be without Gabriel, who had to be stretchered off in the second half with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.
Losing two centre-halves in one game is bad, but now it has emerged that Shkodran Mustaf is a major doubt for the Wembley showdown with champions Chelsea.
The news comes via the BBC’s David Ornstein:
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 22, 2017
The German international suffered a concussion after a clash of heads during the 2-0 win over Sunderland last week, and was unable to play yesterday because of illness related to that.
It obviously remains to be seen how he recovers this week, although as yet there are no mandatory periods of rest in football for head-injuries and concussions.
However, there are strict guidelines that have to be adhered to as we saw earlier in the season when Hector Bellerin was knocked unconscious by Marcos Alonso at Stamford Bridge.
You can see details of the GRTP (Graduated Return To Play) process here. Let’s hope he recovers properly and makes the game.