A couple of weeks ago, the Arsenal treatment room was a quiet place. Now Calum Chambers has plenty of company.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton, the Gunners medical team have confirmed that Cedric Soares, Sokratis and Granit Xhaka are all sidelined for two weeks with a smashed nose, thigh strain and sprained ankle respectively.
They’ve also revealed long-term absentee Lucas Torreira won’t resume training for up to three weeks and Pablo Mari, as previously reported, has suffered ‘a significant injury’ that means he’ll miss the remaining games of the season.
To be fair, Torreira, who fractured his ankle in March, would have missed the final 10 games anyway had Covid-19 not played havoc with the original schedule so we can’t complain too much about his situation.
It is very clear that with David Luiz suspended, we’re definitely short of options in the centre of defence. As things stand, Rob Holding, who didn’t make Wednesday’s 20-man squad, will have to partner Shkodran Mustafi for the next couple of games. If either of them gets injured, we may have to ask Kieran Tierney to fill in.
You have to wonder how Cedric Soares is feeling right now. Injured when he signed in January, he got fit just in time for the lockdown and on the resumption of training (as per the Athletic) suffered a training collision with Bukayo Saka that left him requiring surgery and wearing a mask. Given his contract ends in 11 days, being out for two weeks is far from ideal. We may never see him in an Arsenal shirt.