Arsene Wenger says Mohamed Elneny will miss Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final first-leg against Atletico Madrid after injuring his ankle in the 4-1 win over West Ham United.
The Egpyt international landed heavily after challenging for the ball in the closing stages of the first half and had to be stretchered from the pitch.
“It’s an ankle problem that is very painful,” said Arsene Wenger after the game.
“Overall I believe that we have to wait until the X-ray to know a little more about it. But Thursday will be too soon for him.”
Elneny looked visibly distressed as he was taken down the tunnel. At this time of the season and with a World Cup on the horizon, ligament damage for the player would be heartbreaking.
The boss also had updates on the fitness of Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of Thursday’s crunch clash at the Emirates.
“Jack had a training session today and he looked positive so he has a good chance to be available for Thursday,” added Wenger.
“Ozil was sickness [flu] so I cannot tell you much more about that. We will have to see how he recovers tomorrow [Monday].
“But Mkhitaryan won’t be available on Thursday.”
The prospect of not having Ozil, Wilshere and Elneny in the squad certainly poses a headache ahead of our biggest game of the season to date. Here’s hoping for some positive news in the coming days.