Arsenal star set to miss Leicester City game after picking up ankle injury

By on October 16, 2018

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According to a report in the Metro, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is set to miss Monday night’s Premier League clash with Leicester City after picking up an ankle injury on international duty.

Having previously helped Greece to a narrow 1-0 win over Hungary last week, Sokratis started for his country once again during their Nations League clash with Finland on Monday night.

However, the 30-year-old was forced off at half-time with a sprained ankle during the 2-0 win and the Metro claim Sokratis will now undergo a scan to determine the full extent of the injury.

We’ll have to wait and see what the results of further tests show but the report says the centre-back is unlikely to recover in time to face Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium next Monday.

That would be a big blow as Sokratis has been a key player for us this season with the Greek star putting in some excellent performances in the middle of defence since joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

If he’s ruled out for any period of time then Arsenal will be badly exposed at centre-back as with Laurent Koscielny and Dinos Mavropanos on the sidelines, Unai Emery would be left with Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi as his only fit central defenders.

That would be a worrying situation as we gear-up to play five matches in just 13 days. After entertaining Leicester on Monday we take on Sporting Lisbon in Portugal before heading to Crystal Palace the following Sunday. A Carabao Cup clash with Blackpool is played at the Emirates three days later before welcoming Liverpool to north London for a huge league game at the start of November.

So let’s pray Sokratis’ injury isn’t serious as we badly need him to be available for this important run of fixtures over the next couple of weeks.