The good news after Laurent Koscielny got clattered in the face by the boot of Man Utd’s Romelu Lukaku was that he didn’t break his jaw.
The bad news appears to be the fact he’s still some way from a first team return after undergoing minor surgery when taken to hospital last Friday night.
Using his captain’s notes to provide an update on his situation, the Frenchman made it clear he wouldn’t be featuring tonight as he still can’t eat and remains in some pain.
“I really thought my jaw was broken,” he said. It was so painful.
“Thankfully it wasn’t, but I still needed some surgery on Saturday to take out all the blood clots. I need a bit of time to recover because I can’t eat or chew.
“Hopefully, I will be back soon.”
With Sokratis sidelined for a month, and Rob Holding out for the rest of the season, his place in the team for tonight’s encounter with Cardiff has been taken by Nacho Monreal.
Update via @charles_watts