Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny looks set to be away on international duty for another week as things stand with Egypt on course to reach the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations. The 24-year-old, who signed from FC Basel in January 2016, has made 11 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season. He last featured against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day and won’t be returning for Arsenal for a couple of weeks.
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Arsenal will be without midfielder Mohamed Elneny for a number of weeks as the 24-year-old joins the Egypt national team for the African Cup of Nations. The tournament commences on January 14 and could see Elneny unavailable for Arsenal until early February should his side go all the way to the final.
Egypt are joined by Mali, Uganda and Ghana in Group D of the 2017 tournament, their first game coming against Mali on Tuesday, January 17. Elneny is expected to play a key role in the midfield for his country, leaving Arsenal to look to Francis Coquelin as a deep-lying partner for Granit Xhaka.
According to ESPNFC.com, Chile are set to risk Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez against Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.
The former Barcelona star suffered a tear in his hamstring muscle in training just a few days ago. However, the Chile hierarchy are desperate for Sanchez to feature in the vital game, despite the potential of aggravating the injury.
A ‘suicidal decision’
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger described Chile risking the forward in the game as a ‘suicidal decision’ a few days ago. The French boss is speaking a lot of sense. He usually does on these sorts of issues. Surely it cannot be safe to let Sanchez play just a few days after sustaining a muscle tear.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has pulled out of Spain’s U21 squad after picking up an ankle injury. The Spanish right-back is said to have suffered a recurrence of a knock and will be assessed by the Arsenal medical staff on Thursday.
The 21-year-old could well have picked up his injury in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur after being kicked in the ankle by Spurs left-back Danny Rose. He travelled with the Spain U21 side hopeful that his knock was nothing serious but now Arsenal are sweating over his fitness during the international break.
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has picked up a calf injury on international duty with Chile, limping out of training ahead of Thursday’s World Cup Qualifier against Colombia. The South American attacker has been in fantastic form early into the new season and will be a big loss for club and country as a result.
“The medical corps of the Chilean national team informs the player Alexis Sanchez has a low-grade muscle injury. The athlete will stay in Santiago, under treatment and evaluation, before the meeting of Chile and Uruguay,” said a statement from the Chilean FA.
Interim England boss Gareth Southgate has decided to call-up Jack Wilshere to his England squad for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland. The central midfielder has been on loan at Bournemouth from Arsenal.
Despite being highly-rated it seems Wilshere has not yet hit top form on the south coast just yet. However, it seems he has impressed sufficiently to earn himself a recall to the England squad.
Has not really impressed for the Cherries
According to Wales Online, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez could miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with Swansea City due to his international commitments with Chile. The 27-year-old will travel to face Peru early on Thursday morning and will fly back to London in the afternoon/evening, meaning he’ll get one day to train before squaring up against the Swans.
Chile have a must-win World Cup qualifier this week so manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is unlikely to spare such a talismanic player from the squad. Sanchez could well be given a full 90 minutes such is the important of Thursday’s clash with Peru, and with the travel and lack of rest time, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could be asking too much of the former Barcelona man to feature on Saturday.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin came through an injury scare to represent the Spanish U21s on Monday, helping the side to a 5-0 win against Estonia, and is expected to be fully fit to face Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday. The former Barcelona right-back has been a key component of the Arsenal side in the last 12 months, but there were fears of a minor knock ruling him out of featuring this weekend.
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has played down injury fears from supporters after he was substituted for Germany in Tuesday night’s win over Northern Ireland. The 27-year-old was brought off at half-time for Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, but took to Twitter after the game to refute any suggestions of injury.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 11, 2016
France manager Didier Deschamps has left out Arsenal striker Didier Deschamps from his latest squad, with the centre-forward currently struggling with injury and match fitness. After a late summer holiday following his Euro 2016 excursions, Giroud had a toe injury to contend with and was suspended for Arsenal’s recent Champions League clash so supporters have seen very little of the former Montpellier man this season.