Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes was due to take part in the Olympics football tournament in Tokyo, starting this month, but has been ruled out of the squad because of a knee injury.
The 23 year old has reportedly been suffering with tendinitis in the knee, which is a bit of a worry, and it remains to be seen quite how serious it is.
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Brazil’s first game was due to take place on July 22nd, and with the final not until August 7th, it must be sufficiently grave for him not to remain with the squad in case they went that far.
It certainly provides Mikel Arteta with a headache, as the former Lille man’s time away with his country was essentially his pre-season.
With mooted signing Ben White likely to need some time off after being away with England during the European Championships, the Gunners could start the season with just Rob Holding and Pablo Mari available, with Calum Chambers as possible back-up.
With reports that Marseille have moved to sign Brazilian defender Luan Peres from Santos ahead of taking William Saliba on loan, perhaps there’s a need to hang onto the young Frenchman, but until such time as we get more information about Gabriel, it remains to be seen what will happen there.