Arsenal have confirmed that Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac will all miss Sunday’s trip to Elland Road.
The Ghana international picked up a thigh injury in the first half of the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa and worryingly, despite a couple of weeks of intense rehab at London Colney, still hasn’t recovered.
Elneny and Kolasinac both have to sit out the game after contracting Covid-19. The duo are both asymptomatic but have to follow strict protocols before rejoining the group following the Interlull.
It’s believed the Egyptian is due to fly back to England in a private jet with Mo Salah, who also tested positive, after sitting out the second of the Pharaohs’ two Interlull clashes with Togo.
Given the rules around self-isolation, we’re assuming both will be out of Thursday’s trip to Norway as well.
In more positive news, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are closing in on returns from their lengthy injuries. Both are involved in first-team sessions to varying degrees and will be hoping to play competitively before the end of the year.
Mikel Arteta is due to speak to the press on Friday morning, so we’ll know soon enough whether there are any other developments on the injury front.