Arsenal Team News: Fresh Injury Blow Could See 5 Players Miss Everton Game

By on September 21, 2018

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Arsenal will be hoping to make it four consecutive Premier League victories in a row when we take on Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The club have published a full team news update on Arsenal.com ahead of the game with the latest on the fitness of several of our first team squad players including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Carl Jenkinson.

Mkhitaryan started against Vorskla last night and played a key role as the playmaker assisted two goals in our 4-2 Europa League victory. However, the club have revealed that Mkhitaryan picked up an ankle injury during the game and is now a doubt to face Everton this weekend.

Kolasinac is yet to feature this season due to a knee injury that he sustained in pre-season and the full-back was initially ruled out until late October. But he’s made good progress in his recovery and should resume full training early next month.

Koscielny has been on the sidelines since rupturing his Achilles during our Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid last season but he’s back working out on the training pitches and aiming to make his comeback in November.

Maitland-Niles will also miss the game this weekend as he’s still recovering from a fractured fibula that he sustained during the opening weekend of the season. The versatile midfielder was initially not due back until November but he’s made a swift recovery and is aiming to resume training next month.

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Finally, Jenkinson remains on the sidelines with an ankle injury that’s hampered him this season but the out-of-favour full-back is progressing well and could be back in training in early October.

The update on Arsenal.com said:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Right ankle from Vorskla match on Thursday. Currently being assessed ahead of Sunday’s match against Everton.

Sead Kolasinac
Left knee injury. Progressing well and now expected to return to full training in early October. (Initially aiming to return during the month of October).

Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Small fracture to left fibula. Progressing well and now expected to return to full training in early October. (Initially aiming to return to training in November).

Carl Jenkinson
Significant sprain to right ankle. Progressing well and now expected to return to full training in early October. (Initially aiming to return during the month of October)

Laurent Koscielny
Right Achilles tendon repair. Started working outside. Aiming to return to full training in November.

There was no update on Lucas Torreira after the midfielder picked up a knee problem against Vorskla on Thursday night but Emery said after the game that he hoped it was nothing serious and the South American would be available to face Everton.

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