David Ospina has been struggling for fitness recently, picking up nasty knocks against both Everton and Bolivia. ESPN reporter Carl Worswick claims Colombia manager Jose Pekerman has cleared both players however, with the pair cleared for their next game.
Pekerman confirms that David Ospina and Juan Cuadrado have recovered from knocks they picked up in Bolivia.
— Carl Worswick (@cworswick) 28 March 2016
Ospina has stepped in for the absent Petr Cech, and although there were real concerns when the Czech international was first injured, his understudy has stepped up well. He has put in a number of excellent performances over the last few weeks and there really haven’t been too many mistakes creeping into his game.
Earlier this season he was absolutely shocking, making some truly massive errors that almost proved really costly in the Champions League in particular. Cech will obviously go straight back into the side when he’s back to full fitness, but at least we’ve been able to rely on Ospina when we’ve needed him recently.
Arsene Wenger has already confirmed that the former Chelsea man should be back after the international break (via the Metro), but with Arsenal you can never count on that. Far too often minor knocks turn into season ending injuries, and hopefully this doesn’t end up being one of those cases.
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Obviously we want Cech back as quickly as possible, but it would be excellent for Wenger to have options available to him against Watford next weekend.