According to Simon Collings of The Evening Standard, Eddie Nketiah was absent from Arsenal’s training session this afternoon and faces a late fitness test to decide whether he can feature against Sevilla tomorrow night.
News of a knock for the England international comes hours after Mikel Arteta ruled Gabriel Jesus out of the game. The Brazil international continues to nurse a hamstring injury and appears no closer to a return despite being selected by his country for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz are options to lead the line but we’re starting to look very short of options in attack.
Nketiah facing late fitness test for tomorrow, nursing a knock from the last game.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) November 7, 2023
Martin Odegaard is also the subject of an international call-up but Norway manager Stale Solbakken doesn’t rate his chances of being able to call on the Arsenal captain next week.
“We are worried about Martin. He is very doubtful,” Solbaken told TV2.
“He has an injury that is persistent. We’ll have to see what happens this week. He will be examined even more, then we will see what it brings in terms of matches and playing time.”
Arteta said this morning that he was “uncertain” if Odegaard would be available and the fact the 24-year-old subsequently missed training underlines there’s an ongoing issue.
Emile Smith Rowe, Thomas Partey and Jurrien Timber are Arsenal’s other absentees. John Cross writing for Mirror Football claimed last night that the England midfielder could be out for another month with a knee problem while the Ghanaian, struggling with another thigh issue, might not be fit until the end of the year.
At this point, we’re in eye-roll territory whenever there’s an update on Partey.