Arsenal have been handed a fresh blow with the news that midfielder Mohamed Elneny has picked up a fresh injury while on international duty with Egypt.
The 24-year-old was ruled out of Egypt’s quarter-final with Morocco and is believed to be struggling with a calf problem although it is not known how long he will be out for.
Despite his absence Egypt progressed to the semi-finals of the competition with a 1-0 win over Morocco, thanks to an 88th minute winner from Karahba.
Egypt will now play Burkina Faso in the last four on Wednesday which means that if the injury is not too serious and Elneny remains with his country, he will miss further Arsenal fixtures.
The winner of the match will play in the final on Sunday 5 February while the loser will go into the third place place play-off on February 4.
That would rule Elneny out of Tuesday’s Premier League clash with Watford and the crucial trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on Saturday.
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The news will be a blow for Arsene Wenger with the club already struggling for options in the middle of the park and set to face two games in a week.
Santi Cazorla is sidelined and Granit Xhaka suspended following his sending off against Burnley, leaving just Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey.
However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also an option having featured in central midfield in the 5-0 win over Southampton and impressing for the Gunners.