Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Eddie Nketiah, Takehiro Tomiyasu: Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of Man Utd clash

Arsenal turn their attention to a huge clash against Manchester United this weekend. The Gunners’ winning start to the Premier League season came to an end as they drew 2-2 against Fulham last weekend.

Mikel Arteta will have finalised his squad for the 2023/24 campaign by the time the two sides meet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus were both substituted into the action by Arteta against Fulham as the two sides shared the points.

Eddie Nketiah

Nketiah came off the bench to put Arsenal 2-1 ahead against Fulham with a well-timed run and strike. Rumours then circulated that the Hale Ender picked up a knee injury.

 

The striker did, however, finish the game and conducted media interviews afterward and football.london understands the gossip was wide of the mark.

 

Injury: Knee

 

Return date: Manchester United (H) – September 3

 

Gabriel Jesus

The striker made his first appearance of the season off the bench in the draw against Fulham, although he only played ten minutes and was unable to grab a winner.

 

Injury: Knee

 

Return date: Manchester United (H) – September 3

What Arteta has said: “The way we generated chance after chance I didn’t think it was necessary (to bring Jesus on). We decided in the last minute to bring him in. He’s only had a few days of training sessions after the surgery.”

 

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Tomiyasu was sent off in the second half against Crystal Palace for two bookable offences. The defender will now serve a one-match suspension, meaning he will be unavailable for Fulham’s trip to the Emirates.

 

Return date: Manchester United (H) – September 3

 

Jurrien Timber

The Dutch defender cruelly sustained an ACL injury on his Arsenal debut against Nottingham Forest. Timber is expected to miss the majority of the season.

 

Injury: Knee

Return date: 2024

 

What Arteta has said: “Huge blow. Especially for him after just joining the club. To have the injury he has is a huge blow. We recruited him with clear intentions and what he was bringing to the team was evident, but he’s not going to be able to do it this season. We have to adapt. These things happen, unfortunately, and we have to move on.”

 

Mohamed Elneny

The midfielder suffered a serious knee injury in January, which sidelined him for the remainder of last season. There has been little news regarding his recovery and a possible return date is currently unclear.

Injury: Knee

Return date: TBC

Also recovering at London Colney: Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nicolas Pepe, Cedric Soares, Nuno Tavares.

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