Saliba suffers metatarsal injury

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William Saliba has suffered a second injury setback of the season after it was confirmed he has fractured a metatarsal in his foot.

The 18-year-old, who signed for the Gunners for £27 million in the summer before returning to Saint Etienne on a season-long loan, has been in fine form since his return from injury helping Les Verts to four clean sheets in five games in Ligue.

He had missed the opening seven games of the campaign after undergoing surgery to fix an adductor problem even returning to London Colney to undertake some of his rehabilitation.

Saint Etienne, now coached by Claude Puel, have confirmed that Saliba will miss tonight’s Europa League game with FC Oleksandriya in Ukraine and could be facing a spell on the sidelines, possibly as long as four weeks. 

We’ll update you when we hear more. In the meantime, best wishes to French Willy.

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Chidi
Chidi
3 months ago

He’s got Arsenal DNA already….. Speedy recovery Will

BidOnLard
BidOnLard
3 months ago

Yeah, that’s just to get him off Real’s radar

Chinaman
Chinaman
3 months ago

2 injuries since signing for us. Arsenal DNA right there

yen
yen
3 months ago
Reply to  Chinaman

Not true. We don’t do injuries at The Arsenal anymore.

SJ24
SJ24
3 months ago
Reply to  yen

We’ve lost our DNA

Dave M
Dave M
3 months ago
Reply to  yen

Except Ceballos…

SB Still
SB Still
3 months ago

Look forward to him playing for us from next season onwards.

There is plenty of talent in our squad.

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam
3 months ago
Reply to  SB Still

Now all we need is a talented manager

Mercury786
Mercury786
3 months ago
Reply to  Gooner Sam

Whoever voted this down is a troll

bob
bob
3 months ago

oh fk me.

sancho
sancho
3 months ago

Now I know he’s going to be an Arsenal player 😀

Cruize
Cruize
3 months ago

I recall Robin fracturing his fifth metatarsal which sent me wondering the number of metatarsals we need, then we went and bought Per Mertasacker. All not related though feeling sorry for the boy.

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone
3 months ago
Reply to  Cruize

Presumably, you need precisely as many metatarsals as you have toes.

kaius
kaius
3 months ago
Reply to  Don Cazorleone

lol okay so the 5th metatarsal, the one footballers always seem to break, is that the big toe or the pinky toe?

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
3 months ago
Reply to  kaius

The pinky.

49 49 undefeated
49 49 undefeated
3 months ago

James went to watch him last week..
Should have known this is coming

Mercury786
Mercury786
3 months ago

lol i literally came here just to post that!

Juruff
Juruff
3 months ago

LOL, poor James ;). Hey, know what ? James, please see Emery ASAP, don’t know, today/tomorrow ?

Cultured determination
Cultured determination
3 months ago

Matertarsal is not 4 weeks. More like 4 months

Ok, Boomer
Ok, Boomer
3 months ago

4 months is not the recovery time of a metatarsal injury, especially with someone that young. It really depends on the severity of the fracture and whether they perform surgery or not.

If it is a stress fracture the recovery could be accurate, although 4 weeks is an optimistic time frame. Likely 4 weeks to be fully weight bearing and then another 2 weeks of strengthening and rehab.

hfb
hfb
3 months ago

might just be bruised contrary to the report

Dave
Dave
3 months ago

What are you talking about?

CLEGooner
CLEGooner
3 months ago

I blame Gunnerblog.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
3 months ago
Reply to  CLEGooner

I blame Wenger.

Arsenio
Arsenio
3 months ago

I blame permacrock.

Santori
Santori
3 months ago

To think we could have bought Soyoncu for 20-25m Instead we plumbed 72m for Pepe and 27m for Saliba not to mention another 6m for panic buy Luiz. Granted some of that money is in installments, over say 5 years we are looking at roughly 15m for the Ivorian, 6m for Saliba (now injured) and 6m for Luiz which would have amounted to close to 27m for the addition of a ready to go Cback we have needed for quite a while. This may have also meant we were less in need of relinquishing an experienced forward player in iwobi… Read more »

Bossman Bill
Bossman Bill
3 months ago
Reply to  Santori

Okay but I don’t know who you’re saying is at fault with the terrible performances then. According to the above, and most of the posts you make, its not emery, it’s definitely absolutely positively not Xhaka, ever, it’s not the other players who are objectively playing badly, it’s not the players who are playing well. So it’s the board I guess for buying players, and the fans for thinking that the team could, even should, be playing with more freedom, more creativity, more bravery, more passion, more determination to play the Arsenal way (or what we knew that to be).… Read more »