Wenger offers injury update on Sanchez, Mustafi, Gabriel + The Ox ahead of Chelsea

By on May 24, 2017

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Arsene Wenger has been speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning and he’s offered a team news update ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.

The boss revealed some mixed news on Gabriel as while it’s a relief to learn he hasn’t ruptured his cruciate knee ligament, the Brazilian has still damaged his medial ligament.

Gabriel was stretchered off against Everton last weekend and although he won’t require surgery on the injury, the centre-back will still need 6-8 weeks to fully recover.

Unfortunately we’re facing the possibility of a crisis in defence as Wenger also confirmed that Shkodran Mustafi remains a doubt to face Chelsea this weekend.

The German international missed the win over Everton after falling sick following a kick to the head against Sunderland 8 days ago and the defender is yet to return to training.

With Laurent Koscielny suspended after his appeal for wrongful dismissal was dismissed by the FA following his sending off at the weekend, we could be without three of our first team centre-backs on Saturday.

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There is some better news on Alexis Sanchez as Arsene says the attacker is ‘OK’ after he limped out of the win over Everton with a suspected hamstring injury.

It’s a huge relief that Alexis is set to be available as it would have been a devastating blow had our star man been ruled out of the FA Cup final.

Wenger has also revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury that’s kept him out for the last three games.

The Ox was excelling in the right wing-back role before he picked up his injury so it will be interesting to see whether he comes back in or Hector Bellerin keeps his place.

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