Arsenal Injury Round Up – Bellerin, Sanchez, Cazorla, Perez, Welbeck & Others

Arsenal head into Saturday’s clash with Manchester United sweating over the fitness of Alexis Sanchez after he played 84 minutes of Chile’s 3 – 1 win over Uruguay in midweek.

Heavy strapping on his right thigh did little to calm Arsene Wenger’s concerns but the striker has told the club he is in “good shape”. A scan tomorrow will tell Arsenal if he is fit to play at Old Trafford or a spell on the sidelines is the cost of the international break.

The Arsenal boss provided updates on the rest of the squad’s injured players:

Hector Bellerin

Injured by a late Danny Rose tackle in the north London derby, the exciting Spanish full back will miss the next four weeks with ligament damage. It’s a blow to Arsenal in an attacking sense as much as defensively.

His return date coincides with the pre-Christmas trip to Manchester City. With Mathieu Debuchy suffering from a calf injury, Carl Jenkinson steps into the right back shoes.

Santi Cazorla

The midfielder was last seen in mid-October against Ludogorets in the Champions League. Since then he has been suffering with an Achilles injury. A similar injury in February this kept him out for ten weeks, flaring up as he recovered from a knee injury suffered at Carrow Road which had seen him miss three months already.

Cazorla told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE earlier this week that he has no idea when he will be back in first team action.

Lucas Perez

Currently in Spain recovering from an ankle ligament injury which will keep him out for another month. The striker, signed in the summer, limped out of the EFL Cup tie against Reading in October after Dutch defender Danzell Gravenberch caught with a heavy challenge.

Per Mertesacker

The German central defender injured his knee at Lens in a pre-season friendly. Recent photographs showed him on course to full fitness but the club are being cautious with him at present.

His return date is still in the New Year although it’s hoped he may be back before Christmas.

Chuba Akpom

The young striker hoped this season would be his breakthrough year but a back injury suffered in September has put that on hold until January. His hope must be that Arsenal are still in the EFL Cup at that stage or the FA Cup represents his best chance of first team action.

Danny Welbeck

As he rose salmon-like to head the winner against Leicester City in February, Welbeck seemed to be heading for a glorious tail-end of the season. A knee injury suffered in the 2 – 2 draw with Manchester City ended those hopes.

The initial prognosis of nine months has been revised and the striker is now expected back in January.

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