Monday, September 25, 2023

Rice, Trossard, Martinelli - Arsenal injury news and return dates after North London Derby

Mikel Arteta was dealt yet another serious injury blow after Arsenal drew 2-2 against Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. It was a feisty affair in the first North London Derby of the season with players from both sides sustaining injuries.

Declan Rice was withdrawn at half-time after being replaced by Jorginho. Arsenal were without Leandro Trossard for the game with Tottenham, with Arteta revealing that the winger was missing through a muscular injury.


He wasn’t the only left-winger absent from the clash though, with Gabriel Martinelli amongst the longer-term fitness concerns. With that said, here’s a look at the latest Arsenal injury news and return dates after another enthralling North London Derby.


Declan Rice

Declan Rice was taken off at half-time against Tottenham with a back injury. Despite having tape wrapped around his calf – suggesting he had sustained a muscle injury – Arteta revealed it was in fact Rice’s back that had a problem.



Rice will now be assessed over the next couple of days to determine the severity of the issue. He could well be absent for Wednesday’s trip to Brentford in the Carabao Cup.


Injury: Back


Return date: Unknown

What Mikel Arteta has said: “Yeah he had some discomfort in his back. He was telling us during the first half that he was uncomfortable.


“When we assessed him at half time he could not continue so we had to change him.” The Spaniard added: “Hopefully not [long-term]. It’s strange that a player like him has to come off. So we’ll see.”

Leandro Trossard

Leandro Trossard was the hero in Arsenal’s win over Everton as he replaced the injured Gabriel Martinelli, taking over duties on the left flank. The Belgian limped out of training on Saturday though with what is understood to be a lower hamstring strain.


He will be assessed over the next 48 hours to determine the severity of his problem. The hope will be that he’s not out for too long.


Injury: Hamstring


Return date: Unknown


What Mikel Arteta has said: “He felt something, a muscle tightness in training and he wasn’t up for playing the game.”


Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli suffered a hamstring injury during the win against Everton. The Brazilian winger was absent from the squad for the North London Derby despite being present at the Emirates Stadium to support his teammates.


There is some tentative hope that he could be back for next week’s clash at Bournemouth. However, Arsenal are keen not to rush him back and risk further problems.


What Mikel Arteta has said: “With Gaby we are still assessing him and so let’s see whether he can make the game or not.”

When asked if Martinelli was ruled out of the game against the Lilywhites, the Spaniard simply replied: “No.”


Return date: October


Thomas Partey

The Ghana FA confirmed earlier this month that Partey had sustained a groin problem during a training session, a major blow to Arteta. It remains to be seen how long the 30-year-old will be on the sidelines for.


There is optimism that Partey could be back after the international break as he continues to recover from his groin strain. His return will be welcomed as cover in both midfield and defence.

Injury: Groin


Return date: October



What the Ghana FA have said: “He sustained a groin injury during training on Thursday, August 31, 2023. He is currently unavailable as Club Doctors predict he’s likely to be out for a couple of weeks.”


What Mikel Arteta has said: “Thomas (Partey) for sure is out (against Spurs). And the rest hopefully available, we still have two training sessions but there were no big issues in mid-week.”

Jurrien Timber

football.londonunderstands that the Dutch international underwent successful surgery and now in the “recovery phase” of his rehabilitation.


He was in attendance for the game against Man United. spoke to Timber post-match where the 22-year-old was still using the aid of two crutches to move about.


Asked how he was feeling with his recovery, a swift, “good, good” was the response. He will be sorely missed, especially with the club failing to find a suitable replacement in the summer transfer window.


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.”

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