Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has admitted he is unsure if he will be fit to face Leicester City in the Premier League on Friday night.
The German was forced off in the first half against Chelsea on Sunday, after an ugly clash of heads with Gary Cahill left him needing stitches.
Mertesacker says he is feeling much better after being patched up, but says it is too soon to know if he can play against the Foxes.
“I’m pretty well for that hit and for the deep cut I suffered, I feel quite well,” he told Arsenal Player. “The result I think gives me a lift right now.
“I can remember everything [about the clash], so I think there’s no concussion or something, it was just a very, very deep cut and the doctors already said on the pitch they didn’t want to take any risk, so took me off as a precaution and I got some nice stitches.
“I’m not quite sure yet [about whether I will be fit to face Leicester]. We need to take care of this – you know how the swelling goes and if it turns into a black eye or something. It’s too early to say because health is the first thing.”
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If Mertesacker is out, that will leave Arsene Wenger with decisions to make as Laurent Koscielny is suspended after being sent off in the final Premier League game of last season.