Unai Emery says Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka will both be available for Sunday’s trip to Watford.
The Uruguay international sat out his country’s 1-1 draw with the USA with a muscle problem, while Xhaka was substituted with an Achilles issue as Switzerland beat Gibraltar 4-0.
According to the boss, both are ‘ready’ for the trip to Vicarage Road. Rob Holding, out since November because of a ruptured ACL, is also on the mend but it sounds like he’s not quite ready to be used by the Spaniard.
“[Holding] earned matches with the under-23s…with more minutes with the under-23s he can be closer to give us his performance,” Emery said on Friday.
“At the moment we are working with three centre-backs, thinking on Sunday, now four. Rob is now the five, [Konstantinos] Mavropanos the sixth.”
Emery also suggested that full-backs Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will probably feature for Arsenal’s under-23 outfit before they are considered for first team action.
Both players have been in full training this week but they need to get some minutes under their belts at a lower level before being thrust into Premier League action.
“They are now closer to us but they need to continue working and taking training with us for their fitness and [then] they can feel very comfortable about coming back to play with us,” he told his weekly press conference.
“Not yet [will they play], because it depends on their progress for the next weeks and maybe also we can decide [for them] to play at the beginning with the under-23s because maybe if they play with them they can take confidence and their rhythm and then after play with us 100 per cent.
“Really, we need to look at the next steps in each training session and also if we decide that they should play with the under-23s. But they did that week, the first time training normally with us, and we want in the next week again to take the normality in training with us.
“I think after that week we can decide how they are [in terms of] starting to play with the under-23s and with us.”