Ceballos, Tierney, Nelson – Latest Arsenal injury news and expected return dates

Who is out and who is a doubt to face Southampton?

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has a big job on his hands once the international break is over.

The Gunners have had a disappointing start to the season and went into the two-week hiatus on the back of a 2-0 defeat against top four rivals Leicester City, meaning they are now winless in their last five games across all competitions.

As a result, Emery is finding himself under increased pressure from fans, and according to the Mirror, his fate may be decided by the upcoming Premier League games against struggling Southampton, Norwich City, Brighton and West Ham United.

It could be that the break in action that is good thing for the Spaniard as it gives him the chance to welcome back any players who may be struggling for fitness.

With Southampton next up at the Emirates Stadium, Emery will be hoping to have as many players available for selection as possible.

Here is the latest injury news from London Colney.

Dani Ceballos

The midfielder was substituted early in the second half of the Europa League clash against Vitoria with an injury problem.

Ceballos pulled up with what looked like a hamstring problem while closing down an opponent and was replaced by Matteo Guendouzi in the 54th minute, despite appearing to want to continue.

Ahead of the match against Leicester, Emery confirmed that the midfielder would miss the trip to the King Power Stadium.

“[Dani] Ceballos has a small injury and he is going to be out for tomorrow,” he said, speaking ahead of the game.

The midfielder missed Spain’s 7-0 win over Malta on Friday night through the injury.

However, the international break gives Ceballos time to recover and it is hoped that he will be back in time for Southampton.

Kieran Tierney

The summer signing played against Wolves and Vitoria in the week before the international break, but was an unused substitute in the defeat to Leicester City.

The 22-year-old has now featured seven times for the Gunners since his summer switch from Celtic, having arrived at the club with a hip injury he sustained last season.

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But Tierney was not called up for international duty with Scotland, for whom he would have got some playing time given Andy Robertson’s injury.

Steve Clarke left him out of the squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan, but that is not because Tierney has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury.

Instead, Arsenal requested that he did not feature as part of a pre-planned recovery programme to get him back up to speed quicker.

As such, he should be available for selection against Southampton.

Reiss Nelson

Reiss Nelson picked up a ligament injury in his left knee during the Standard Liege match on October 3.

Emery recently confirmed that Nelson was expected to return to training in “a few days” and the youngster got some minutes under his belt for the Under-23’s side against Tottenham.

The winger travelled with the squad to face Vitoria before the international break, and was fit enough to be named on the bench for the match, although he didn’t get any minutes on the pitch.

Despite not being named in the squad for the Premier League match against Leicester, the omission is thought to be for more tactical reasons than an injury setback.

Nelson got some more minutes under his belt for the England U21’s on Friday so he too should be available to face Southampton.

Granit Xhaka

The Arsenal midfielder has been left out of the squad ever since his clash with fans during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

It is understood that the decision is made by both the player and Emery, rather than down to injury.

Ahead of the match against Leicester, the Arsenal boss gave an update on the future of his midfielder, who has been linked with a move away in January amid interest from Newcastle United and AC Milan.

“It is important to stay without Granit Xhaka now but I don’t know, maybe he can play in the future maybe he cannot. The club also knows how both of us are thinking about that circumstance,” he said.

“After the international break, I am going to speak to him again. The club is also speaking with him and we are going to decide how he is and how we are going to use him.”

Emile Smith Rowe

The good news for the Gunners and Emery ahead of the meeting against the Saints is that Emile Smith Rowe should be in contention to at least make the matchday squad.

It’s been an injury-hit season for the attacking midfielder thus far and he suffered a setback prior to last week’s Europa League tie against Vitoria and was left out of the travelling squad.

football.london reported this was simply a precaution due to a tight calf muscle and that the injury is not a serious problem.

The teenager wasn’t named in the squad to face Leicester, but should now be in contention to make the squad to face Southampton after featuring for the England U20’s on Thursday.

Lucas Torreira was substituted against the Foxes last time out, but featured for Uruguay on Friday so is likely to be available for the visit of the Saints, as should Rob Holding.

 

 

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  • Rubanza Robert November 18, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I think emery has failed to manage the team. We should bring arteta and try.

  • Adex November 19, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I think Emery has failed to manage the team. But, Arteta is not the right coach to manage the team.

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