Bukayo Saka was due to link up with England for their upcoming internationals, but the FA have announced this morning that the 19 year old is currently staying at Arsenal as his hamstring issue is assessed.
Saka played 74 minutes of the 3-3 draw with West Ham on Sunday, having been taken off at half-time in the North London derby and subsequently missing the 1-0 defeat to Olympiacos.
The England camp say they are hopeful he will join up with the squad later in the week, as the Three Lions face World Cup qualifiers against San Marino on Thursday, Albania on Sunday, and then Poland on Wednesday.
Whether Saka can take part will obviously depend on how his injury responds to treatment, and Arsenal fans will be hoping he gets two weeks of rest before the big push to the end of the season. England should be able to deal with San Marino and Albania without him, and he’d only be missed for the Poland game.
So far this season, Saka has racked up 2,788 minutes of first team action this season: only Granit Xhaka and Bernd Leno have played more.
It’s a testament to his quality, but at 19 we have to be careful not to overload him too much – so let’s hope from a purely selfish Arsenal perspective, he gets to sit this Interlull out.