Saka confirmed fit for Arsenal’s weekend clash vs Wolves with injury not as bad as first feared

LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal is substituted after receiving medical treatment during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on November 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Saka fit

Bukayo Saka was involved in a nasty clash during Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Leeds at the weekend. The England international, who came on as a substitute, was not risked, and immediately brought back off the field of play, replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

After the game, Mikel Arteta was not clear in his assessment of Saka’s fitness. “He was in pain,” said the manager.

“We’re going to have to assess with the medical staff how bad it is, but it looked like a pretty bad challenge and he was in pain so we decided to take him out straight away.”

Despite the initial worry, though, Arsenal have released a statement on the club’s website, providing a positive update on the 18-year-old’s fitness:

‘Right leg impact. Sustained dead leg during the match at Leeds. Has not travelled to Molde but will be available for Sunday’s match against Wolves.’

This will come as a huge relief to Arsenal fans who have seen their side struggle from a creative standpoint this season. Saka’s cameo against Leeds at Elland Road sparked a brief period of hope for the Gunners, and the England international had a great chance saved by Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

Saka will not play in midweek in the Europa League, but will likely start for the north Londoners this weekend, with Nicolas Pepe suspended.

Fitness update

The club also provided updates on Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, Willian, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli.

Both Kolasinac and Elneny – who had tested positive for Covid-19 over the international break – were confirmed to have been ruled out of the midweek meeting with Molde. It is unclear whether the pair will be available for the ensuing Wolves clash.

David Luiz has returned following the birth of his daughter, which saw him miss the trip to Leeds United. The Brazilian will likely feature in the Europa League, with Shkodran Mustafi also in line for a start.

Saka confirmed fit for Arsenal’s weekend clash vs Wolves with injury not as bad as first feared

Arsenal’s David Luiz during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. (Photo by Rui Vieira/PA Images via Getty Images)

Thomas Partey and Willian have not made the trip to Norway, with both continuing to work on respective issues. The latter is being assessed ahead of the weekend.

Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are long-term absentees, but both have been pictured in full training this week, building their fitness ahead of a return to action.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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