Tierney, Ozil, Aubameyang – Latest Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of Liverpool clash


Arsenal return to Carabao Cup action this week with a trip to Liverpool.

It’s the second trip to Anfield in a matter of days for the Gunners following the Premier League encounter over the weekend.

Despite Arsenal taking the lead through Alexandre Lacazette, the Premier League defending champions roared back with goals from Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Diogo Jota to seal a 3-1 victory.

Mikel Arteta’s side have a couple of days to lick their wounds after that loss before facing the Reds again in the fourth round of the cup.

The Arsenal boss is expected to rotate his squad, somewhat, for the cup clash – as he aims to give some of his fringe players an opportunity to impress.

Here is The Gunners’ injury list in full.

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Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney returned to the starting line-up for Arsenal’s loss against Liverpool, having missing the Gunners’ last two matches with a slight groin problem.

He defender took an arm to the face from Sadio Mane in the first few minutes of the game but played the whole 90.

He could be a player given the night off by Arteta.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Arsenal captain was left out of the squad to face Leicester in the Carabao Cup, but this was a tactical decision from Mikel Arteta to rest his star player.

Aubameyang played every minute of the Liverpool match but could be kept fresh with a hectic fixture list on the horizon.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has been left out of all of Arsenal’s matchday squads so far, but it is understood the German is not injured, and it was purely a tactical decision from Mikel Arteta.

The German had been in full training, and played in the Gunners’ pre-season clash against Aston Villa.

Ozil, therefore, should be in contention Carabao Cup match against Liverpool.

Granit Xhaka

The midfielder returned to the starting lineup for the clash against West Ham, and Liverpool, after picking up an ankle injury against Fulham.

Xhaka was rested for the midweek Carabao Cup win over Leicester, with the Liverpool game in mind.

He played 60 minutes before being taken off and replaced by Dani Ceballos.

It is uncertain whether he will play against Liverpool in the cup on Thursday or will be rested for Sheffield United on Sunday.

David Luiz

The 33-year-old missed the win over West Ham after recovering from a neck injury, but was restored to the starting line up for the Leicester cup tie and played against Liverpool.

Luiz was part of a defence that conceded three goals to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Pablo Mari

The Spanish defender is set to be back in training by the end of the month with the rest of the senior squad.

Mari suffered a season-ending ankle injury early in his third game as an Arsenal player, limping out of a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City last season, after just 24 minutes.

Still, the Gunners had seen enough on the training ground in his previous two games – wins over Portsmouth and West Ham prior to lockdown – to activate the £8million purchase option and make him a permanent addition to their squad.

Mari underwent surgery on his ankle and carried out successful rehabilitation work at the Recover medical centre in Cambrils which allowed Arsenal to push forward the timescale of his recovery.

A return to full training is expected to come later this month though with an international break after the home game against Sheffield United on October 3 Arsenal may opt to wait for the next tranche of fixtures rather than rush Mari back into the squad.

Sokratis

Another defender who missed out against West Ham and Leicester.

The Greek, who has been tipped to leave the club this summer, sustained a mild strain to his right calf in training but the club confirmed that the defender returned to full first team training at the end of last week.

He did not play against Liverpool either.

Calum Chambers

Sidelined since the home defeat to Chelsea on December 29, Chambers will know that there is a long way to go before he is back to the impressive form he was showing early in the 2019/20 season.

Indeed as Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin can attest the process of recovering from an ACL injury is far from over even when the player dons his jersey and returns to competitive action.

That moment is still some way away for Chambers although he is expected to return to pitch and ball work in the coming weeks.

Arsenal have been reluctant to put a timescale on Chambers injury and in an official update could only offer the nebulous news that the 25-year-old is “aiming to be back in full training as soon as possible this calendar year”.

Shkodran Mustafi

The German was enjoying something of a renaissance under Arteta and had been particularly impressive in the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City last season, only to suffer a hamstring injury in its closing minutes.

Mustafi underwent a minor medical procedure in the immediate aftermath of the injury, which Arteta confirmed was a pull to the “tendon of the bone of his hamstring”. So far the 28-year-old’s rehabilitation programme has been focused on gym work.

Arsenal confirmed last month that it will be October before Mustafi is back in first team training and it could be some time after that before he has the sharpness to return to a match environment.

Gabriel Martinelli

Losing the young Brazilian a week into the Premier League’s restart was a bitter blow for Arteta and Arsenal, who had seen Martinelli emerge as a star of the future in a rookie season where he scored 10 and provided four assists in 26 games.

Martinelli underwent surgery on his knee in June and was able to travel back to Brazil with a tailored rehabilitation programme.

He returned to London late last month to step up his preparations.

However it will be some time indeed before the 19-year-old is able to make his return after an injury that required extensive management and treatment from Arsenal’s medical team.

The Gunners hope that Martinelli will be back in first team training before 2020 is over but there is a possibility that he will have to wait until 2021 to make his return.

Emile Smith Rowe

The midfielder is expected to remain with the first team this season after an impressive loan spell at Huddersfield Town last year, but had his campaign stalled by a shoulder injury sustained before the opening day of the season.

It was confirmed by the club that he was wearing a protective sling but he no longer has to and is aiming to return to full training within the next week.

“Sustained an injury to his right shoulder in training. Now out of protective sling and aiming to return to full training within the next week.” the statement on the club website added.

Cedric Soares

Has been out with a calf injury on his right leg.

Was left out of the game against Leicester in the Carabao Cup and was also missing for the first of two trips to Liverpool as a precaution.

He could return for the Carabao Cup clash with the Reds.

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Dani Ceballos

Came on in the 60th minute for Xhaka against Liverpool and impressed in his short time on the pitch.

The 24-year-old Spaniard was seen doing a warm down on his own after the game, something that is not unexpected for substitutes, and he may have been working on his fitness.

Willian

The Brazilian was replaced after 68 minutes by Nicolas Pepe but there was no hint of an injury.

The change was likely tactical.





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