We have horrendous luck when it comes to the international break and injuries, and this time around it doesn’t seem to be any different. David Ospina is the latest to be struck by the curse, with the Colombian picking up a knock against Bolivia during the week, as reported by the Metro.
We’re already without Petr Cech (via Arsenal.com), so to lose both our senior shot-stoppers would be a real blow. We’d have to rely on young Matt Macey, who is totally untested in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old was looking to punch a cross away when he suffered the injury, colliding with a Bolivian player and landing awkwardly. He was clearly in a lot of pain after the fall, and it may have been made worse by the fact he already looked to be heading into this round of internationals with an injury – the former Nice keeper taking a really nasty knock against Everton last weekend. Against the Toffees he bravely dived for a ball that was being heavily contested, and was in a painful looking collision with Romelu Lukaku and Gabriel Paulista.
In both the game against Everton and the game against Bolivia however, Ospina carried on and finished the match. Whether that was sensible or not is another question, but hopefully he’s fit for our clash with Watford after the international break.
The good news on the keeper front is that Cech is still expected back after the break (via Metro), and despite some decent performances from Ospina the Czech international should regain his starting spot immediately.
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If both players recover as expected then Arsene Wenger could have options available for the Watford game, but if both players were to see their return dates pushed back (as is so often the case with Arsenal), then we could be left in a difficult situation against the Hornets.