Fears that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked up an injury while on international duty have been allayed by Goal.com’s Charles Watts who reports the player was back in training at London Colney today.
Arsenal’s club captain scored a match-winning penalty for Gabon as they beat Libya 1-0 at home last Friday, however, with other results confirming World Cup qualification was out of his country’s grasp, he didn’t feature in last night’s defeat to Egypt in Cairo.
Instead, the striker returned to London to focus on preparations for Saturday’s big match at Liverpool.
Aubameyang is back training today at London Colney as normal. His early return from international duty was pre-planned with Gabon. No injury or anything like that. He's fine for Saturday.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) November 17, 2021
15 of Mikel Arteta’s first team squad were called up for duty during the Interlull with Thomas Partey staying at home to recover from the groin issue that ruled him out of the Gunners’ 1-0 win over Watford on 7 November. Karl Hein also pulled out of Estonia’s squad.
Mikel Arteta now faces an anxious wait to find out how many return home in good condition.
In addition to concerns over Hein and Partey, there are suggestions that Kolasinac – the victim of yet another ankle-crushing tackle (see below) – and Balogun – who suffered stomach cramps in England under-21s’ 3-2 defeat to Georgia – are also doubts.
#Arsenal Sead Kolasinac Injury:
– Left ankle forcibly twisted inwards from challenge (see pic below), stretchered off
– Main concern is lateral ankle ligaments pic.twitter.com/YSu8kaGWMB
— Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT (@3cbPerformance) November 13, 2021
Arteta isn’t due to face the media until Friday morning so we’ll learn more then.
In the meantime, it’s all eyes on Liverpool with several reports claiming Jurgen Klopp could be without several key men this weekend.
Premier Injuries lists nine players in the treatment room at the moment; Roberto Firmino (thigh), James Milner (hamstring), Naby Keita (thigh), Joe Gomez (calf), Sadio Mane (chest/abdominal), Jordan Henderson (groin), Curtis Jones (face), Harvey Elliott (ankle) and Andrew Robertson (hamstring).
Don’t go getting too excited. You know they’ll all undergo some miracle treatment in the next 48 hours and end up in the squad.