According to The Guardian, the injury that forced Declan Rice off at half time of Sunday’s North London derby is not thought to be serious and the midfielder hopes to be fit for Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.
After yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Sp*rs, Mikel Arteta revealed the 24-year-old was struggling with a back issue that had left him in discomfort and unable to continue.
The Sky Sports commentary also noted the player was sporting strapping on one of his calf muscles leading to further concern amongst Arsenal supporters.
Rice was replaced by Jorginho, who had already been promoted up the midfield pecking order after Thomas Partey picked up an injury three weeks ago.
Given Jurrien Timber is out for the season and Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard are nursing muscular injuries, the Gunners are facing a mini-injury crisis ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match with Brentford.
Arteta may be forced to lean on Jorginho for the second time in a week while the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe will also be hoping for game time in what is likely to be a much-rotated side at the Community Stadium.
Next Saturday’s trip to the Vitality will be a different matter. Having drawn two of our opening six games, the Gunners know they need to go all out for the win on the South Coast with a crunch clash against Manchester City on the horizon.
Rice’s involvement will be key, so here’s hoping the reports are true.