Hector Bellerin is reportedly set to miss Saturday’s clash with Hull City after suffering concussion in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea.
The full-back was clattered by Marcos Alonso as he headed in Chelsea’s opening goal and was forced off, with manager Arsene Wenger claiming he was knocked out by the challenge.
Bellerin is not due to return to training until Friday, according to The Sun, leaving him in doubt for the visit of the Tigers on Saturday, and is also awaiting the results of an MRI scan.
While the 21-year-old is expected to get the all-clear, it looks unlikely he will start Saturday’s game against an in-form Hull side that beat Liverpool 2-0 last time out.
Gabriel came on against Chelsea and looks the most likely option to fill in again for Bellerin if he does miss out, although Wenger did confirm last week that Matheiu Debuchy had returned to training.
Following the visit of Hull, Arsenal then head to Germany for the first leg of their round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and will be hoping to have Bellerin fit for that clash.
Arsenal’s best chance of silverware this season now lies in the cup competitions and they will need to be at their best to get past a powerful Bayern side.
The Gunners will also have Mohamed Elneny back in contention, following the culmination of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side also have some injury doubts with Franck Ribery expected to miss the first leg although Arturo Vidal, Thiago and Philipp Lahm are now available.
Arsene Wenger could opt to rest some of his key men ahead of the Bayern clash although he will demand a response following Saturday’s disappointment.