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Arsenal Star Ruled Out Of Crucial Games Against Liverpool & Bayern Munich
Arsenal have been dealt an injury blow with the news that Mohamed Elneny is set to miss crucial games against Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Lincoln City because of an ankle injury, according to Football London.
Elneny suffered the issue during Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Sutton United on Monday night after taking a kick to his right leg midway through the first half.
The Egyptian international was able to continue after receiving treatment from the clubs physio but he failed to appear after half-time and was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
After the game, Arsene Wenger refused to speculate over how long the midfielder may be out for and insisted they’d have to wait until scans were taken before the full extent of the injury was known.
However, it looks like the results are in as Football London claim that Elneny is expected to be out for at least three weeks which means he’ll miss the trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool next weekend.
If he’s out for the minimum three week time-scale, then the midfielder will also miss the second leg of Arsenal’s Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich at the Emirates the following Wednesday and their FA Cup quarter final with Lincoln City on March 11th.
The news will come as a real blow to the Gunners as they’ll now have limited options in the middle of the park for a pivotal week which will go a long way to determining their season.
Aaron Ramsey is still nursing a hamstring injury while Santi Cazorla has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury so with Elneny now also sidelined, Wenger has just Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka as established centre midfielders to choose from.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been deployed in a central role in recent weeks while Elneny was away at the African Cup of Nations so he could also be an option for the Arsenal boss if needed.