Unai Emery has confirmed that Granit Xhaka didn’t partake in training today but he believes the Swiss should be fit for Monday’s clash with Newcastle United.
The midfielder picked up an adductor injury while on international duty with Switzerland in midweek but the problem isn’t believed to be serious. We had expected an update on the status of the 26-year-old in the weekly medical bulletin but there was no mention of him.
In his press conference this afternoon, the Spaniard maintained that Xhaka, alongside Aaron Ramsey and Dinos Mavropanos, who also missed today’s session, will be eligible for selection.
“We trained this morning and some players rested for giving them one day more to train with us tomorrow,” he said. “Aaron Ramsey, Dinos Mavropanos. They can be ready for Monday.
“Xhaka also rested today, we’re going to wait tomorrow and Sunday but the first previews from the doctor is that he can progress to be ready for Monday.”
Ramsey didn’t feature for Wales during the Interlull due to a thigh problem. Rather than join the rest of the non-international players for the warm weather trip to Dubai, he worked on his rehabilitation at London Colney.
We’re assuming Mavropanos picked up a slight problem in the 3-2 win over Al-Nasr.