Arsenal are hoping that Hector Bellerin’s latest ankle injury is not too serious and is only a minor problem, after the full-back missed Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Preston due to the injury.
We brought you the news that Bellerin had suffered a new problem after being ruled of the game due to an injury picked up in training with Ainsley Maitland-Niles taking his place for the game at Deepdale.
ESPN now report that Bellerin will have a scan to determine the severity of the problem but expect it not to rule him out for long.
The only concern Arsenal may have is that Bellerin has already been sidelined with ankle trouble this season after picking up an injury in the north London derby in a tackle with Danny Rose.
The injury forced Bellerin to miss international duty with the Spain Under-21 side before returning in the win over Stoke in December.
Bellerin was also a doubt for the Bournemouth game but eventually played the whole 90 minutes, putting in a poor display as the Gunners escaped with a point after a dramatic comeback.
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Arsenal have few options to replace Bellerin currently with Mathieu Debuchy injured and Carl Jenkinson out of favour and widely tipped to leave on loan in January.
Gabriel looks the most likely option although Maitland-Niles could also come into the reckoning, although he was far from assured against Preston on Saturday.
Arsenal travel to Swansea on Saturday to face a side under new management, following the appointment of Paul Clement.
The Swans were knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday at Hull but did manage a victory in their last Premier League game, a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.