Arsene Wenger has revealed Tomas Rosicky is doubt to play in his 1000th Arsenal match this weekend against Chelsea, and faced a test earlier today on his ankle.
The Gunners attacking midfield/winger scored a stunning match winner against the Spuds last weekend and it was hoped he would once again line up to continue his hot form against their London rivals.
The Arsenal boss did provide a boost however as there are no fresh injury troubles which is good news for Kieran Gibbs who made a surprise return last weekend. With a strong fixture list on the horizon, Wenger can simply not afford any more injuries.
Meanwhile youngster Ryo Miyaichi has been ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury, bizarrely the Japanese winger made headlines for his trip to Munich last week but was ineligible to play, and has suffered a serious hamstring injury while playing for the U21 side in midweek.
Wenger revealed the following team news in his prematch press conference:
[on the team news for Chelsea] We have a doubt about Rosicky. He will have a test this [Friday] morning on his ankle. Apart from that we have no major problem. That issue will be decided after training, everybody else will be available.
He is out for the season with a bad hamstring injury.
Ryo’s injury is saddening for the youngster who has continually suffered injury troubles since his move to England despite a promising loan spell in Holland. But realistically he was going to play a pretty subdued role for the Arsenal first team this season. Get well soon though Ryo.
As for Rosicky, it’ll be a massive blow to lose the Czech international who has been an integral member of the squad recently with the injuries we’ve suffered in the engine room and out wide. Hopefully he will make the trip to Stamford Bridge, or else we could see Serge Gnabry start on the right (not a bad compromise, mind).
See here for our predicted lineup.
UPDATE: Rosicky has suggested via his Instagram account that he could in fact be fit for the trip to Chelsea. He said:
Back to training again with the team after minor injuries. And ready for the mode competition currently being concentrated on.