Arsenal Team News: Double Injury Boost, Defender Out For 4 Weeks + Sokratis Update

By on September 25, 2018


Arsenal have provided a full team news and injury update on ahead of Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup third round clash with Brentford.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Everton after picking up an ankle injury during the Europa League win over Vorskla and the playmaker will need to be assessed by the clubs medical team before his involvement against Brentford is determined.

Sokratis was forced off shortly before half-time at the weekend after suffering a dead leg and the Greek international is also a doubt for the League Cup clash tomorrow night – although he will probably be rested even if fit.

There is some excellent news on Sead Kolasinac as the club have confirmed he is back in full training after recovering from a knee injury that he sustained during pre-season so we may see him return to the squad against Brentford.

Carl Jenkinson is also back in full training after recovering from an ankle sprain while Ainsley Maitland-Niles is due back in early October after making good progress in his recovery from a fractured leg.

Laurent Koscielny has been stepping-up his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury in recent weeks and is aiming to resume full training in November, however, the club have confirmed that Dinos Mavropanos has been ruled out for four weeks with a groin injury.

An update on read:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Right ankle from FC Vorskla match last Thursday. Continuing to be assessed ahead of Wednesday’s match with Brentford.

Right dead leg during Everton match on Sunday. Currently being assessed ahead of Wednesday’s match with Brentford.

Sead Kolasinac
Now back in full training following left knee injury.

Carl Jenkinson
Now back in full training following sprain to right ankle.

Dinos Mavropanos
Groin injury. Expected to return to full training in four weeks.

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).

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

It’s a big boost to have Kolasinac available again as it means we can rotate at left-back and keep Nacho Monreal fresh but I’m disappointed Mavropanos has been ruled out as the Brentford game was a good chance to give him a taste of first team action.

Unai Emery is expected to make wholesale changes to his starting eleven tomorrow night with all our big-guns rested ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Watford.


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