We are often the victims of misfortune during the international break, with injuries no longer just feared, but expected. We’ve been lucky so far this time around, but there’s one more game that looks capable of seriously injuring a couple of Arsenal stars.
England face Lithuania this Monday evening, and will be competing in Vilnius in the LFF Stadium. This stadium unfortunately has an artificial pitch, with the chance of injury therefore likely to be higher.
There are a number of Arsenal players likely to take part in the game, and therefore have the potential to suffer injury.
Qualification for Euro 2016 is already secured, and the only thing on the line is our 100% record during the qualification stages. Roy Hodgson may take this opportunity to rest a few players and experiment with his team, which means a couple of Arsenal stars could start.
Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may well get a start tonight after missing out against Estonia, and Theo Walcott may feature once again. It would be disappointing were any of these three to get injured, but Walcott in particular would be a real blow.
The only other major injury concern we’re likely to have is Alexis Sanchez, who looks likely to feature for Chile during their clash with Peru on Wednesday. The Arsenal talisman is already carrying an injury, but played through the pain against Brazil for the full 90 minutes, as we reported previously on All Arsenal (via IBT).
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It would be devastating if Walcott or Alexis were to suffer an injury, so hopefully both players come through unscathed.