Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be sweating on the fitness of midfielder Dani Ceballos after he came off with a suspected hamstring injury in the Europa League clash with Vitoria this afternoon (Wednesday).
The Spaniard, who is currently on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid, pulled up with what looked to be a hamstring problem in the early stages of the second half of the Group F game in Portugal.
Ceballos tried to continue, but it soon became clear that he could not, with Emery forced into a change as he replaced the 23-year-old with Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi.
Ceballos, who was making his 17th appearance in all competitions for the Gunners this season, went straight down the tunnel in Guimaraes after being substituted, although the extent of the injury is not yet known.
Emery is likely to provide an update on the Spanish midfielder in his post-match press conference, although Ceballos could now be a doubt for the Premier League clash with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon, in what is Arsenal’s last game before the international break.
After the game against Leicester, Arsenal are not back in action until November 23, when Southampton will be the visitors to the Emirates Stadium.
Also, as per Football London,
Arsenal defender William Saliba is facing another spell on the sidelines.
The young defender, who joined the Gunners from Saint-Etienne for £27m in the summer transfer window, missed the beginning of the news season after undergoing surgery on a adductor muscle injury.
That kept him out for six weeks and didn’t make his first appearance of the season until the end of September.
Since returning from injury, Saliba has been catching the eye of many Arsenal fans with his performances which have helped Saint-Etienne climb the Ligue 1 table.
Last weekend he came in for huge praise following a 1-0 win over AS Monaco – a game in which he managed to keep Wissam Ben Yedder rather quiet.
However, disaster struck for the teenager in that same game.
Speaking ahead of Saint-Etienne’s Europa League fixture against FC Olexandriya on Thursday, manager Claude Puel confirmed that Saliba will miss the game through injury.
And it could be a bad one.
“William Saliba, victim of a blow against AS Monaco last Sunday (1-0), suffers a crack of the fifth metatarsal and will miss the confrontation against the FCO,” a statement via the club’s official website reads.
Saliba is spending the season on loan with the French outfit instead of being with the Gunners and explained his reasoning behind that decision when speaking to Arsenal.com following his arrival.
“Well, it was important first of all because I wanted to prove myself for another year at Saint-Etienne, before I come to try and establish myself here at Arsenal,” he said.