Arsenal team news update: Fresh blow confirmed but duo to resume training this week

By on February 26, 2020


Arsenal have provided a team news update ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League last-16 second leg against Olympiacos at the Emirates.

Unfortunately the club have confirmed on Arsenal.com a fresh blow with the news that Sead Kolasinac is facing a spell on the sidelines with a ‘significant’ shoulder injury that he sustained against Everton on Sunday.

The Bosnian was forced off early-on during Arsenal’s 3-2 win and while Mikel Arteta said after the game he hoped the injury wasn’t serious, the update on Arsenal.com suggests otherwise. Kolasinac will see a specialist this week before a time-frame is put on his recovery but it sounds like he’ll be out for a while.

It’s the second shoulder injury we’ve suffered at left-back this season as Kieran Tierney has been out with a dislocated shoulder since December 2019. Thankfully, the Scotsman is expected to resume full training this week so he should be back in contention soon – although he’ll obviously still be out of the Olympiacos game.

Cedric Soares is also close to making his return as the right-back is expected to train with his new team mates before the end of the month as he looks to recover from a knee injury that’s hampered him since he arrived on loan from Southampton in January.

Calum Chambers is the only other injury absentee and the centre-back won’t be playing any time soon as he’s out for up to nine months with a knee ligament injury that he sustained in late December.

An update on Arsenal.com said:

Calum Chambers
Left knee. Ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Chelsea (h) on 29 December. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take between six to nine months.

Sead Kolasinac
Right shoulder. Sead suffered a significant right shoulder injury during Everton (h) on Sunday. He will undergo further specialist assessments during this week.

Cedric Soares
Left knee. Progressing well with gym work. Aiming to be in full training by the end of February.

Kieran Tierney
Right shoulder. Dislocated right shoulder during West Ham Utd (a) on 9 December. Good progress being made in rehabilitation process and has commenced participation in group training sessions. Aiming to be in back in full training by the end of February.

Tierney’s imminent return couldn’t have come at a better time now that Kolasinac is facing a spell out but the former Celtic man will have a battle on his hands to replace Bukayo Saka as the youngster has excelled at left-back in recent weeks.

So Arteta will be without four players – all defenders – for the visit of Olympiacos tomorrow night but we should still have enough resources to finish the job after winning the first leg 1-0 in Athens last week.