There are concerns that Granit Xhaka picked up an Achilles injury while playing for Switzerland against Gibraltor on Sunday.
Xhaka was subbed in the 74th minute of his country’s 4-0 victory and was in visible discomfort as he hobbled off the pitch following treatment.
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To make matters worse for Unai Emery, there were reports at the weekend that Lucas Torreira had picked up an injury playing for Uruguay against Costa Rica. He was taken off before half time in the 2-1 win. It’s unclear whether he’ll be part of the squad to face USA in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Of our other midfielders, Joe Willock withdrew from the England under-21 team as a precaution, Dani Ceballos is due to return to London today having been on the bench for Spain’s win over the Faroe Islands and Matteo Guendouzi could face Andorra for France tomorrow.
We also have Mesut Ozil in contention to feature.
Granit has had the following to say about the problem: “I’ve been suffering from Achilles tendon pain for a few weeks now. I felt it during the game. It hurts now, but it should be okay otherwise.”