Arsene Wenger revealed in his pre-match press conference that not only will Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla miss the Manchester United game, but the pair could miss the next few weeks. The right-back has been ruled out for four weeks and there is still no concrete return date for Cazorla who continues to struggle with an Achilles injury (via Arsenal.com).
The news that Alexis Sanchez should be fit to face Manchester United on Saturday was a relief to many Arsenal fans but Arsene Wenger did have some less positive news on the injury front.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Wenger confirmed that Hector Bellerin will miss a month and that he has no idea when Santi Cazorla will return to training.
“Hector is out for four weeks,” Wenger confirmed. “He got injured in the last 10 seconds against Spurs after a strong tackle from Danny Rose. Cazorla is still out, I don’t know for how long but he’s still not out in training.”
There was also some uncertainty from Arsene Wenger on the fitness of Alexis Sanchez as well despite his 84 minutes for Chile on Tuesday night. “We didn’t know if he’d play and in the end they decided to play him.
“He texts us back that he’s in good shape after the game, came off after 84 minutes but then we have to wait. I see him tomorrow and see if he can be involved in the squad or not.”
Wenger was then asked what he will consider when deciding whether or not to play the Chilean at Old Trafford.
“What I would consider is the risk of injury because he played with a hamstring injury, and the way he feels as well. You depend a lot on the honesty of the players, how they feel, how they’ll recover.”
Alexis Sanchez is known as a player who wants to play every single match. In the past, that has been to his peril, the forward missed five weeks and seven matches last season after picking up a hamstring injury. That injury was sustained just a few days after returning from international duty with Chile. Hopefully, history doesn’t repeat itself on Saturday.