Ahead of Arsenal’s road clash with bottom of the table Watford the club has released an update of players recovering from injuries. Since the last injury update from the club Emile Smith Rowe has been dropped from the list. Expect to the see the exciting young attacking midfielder in the 18 for the Europa League match coming up against Eintracht Frankfurt next Thursday.
There were rumors that Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torriera had been picked up knocks on international duty. However, as of Thursday morning the club has not indicated that any players suffered injuries during international matches that would preclude them from selection on Sunday.
- Rob Holding - For the first time since last winter the young center back is back in full training with the senior squad. Even with his recent action for the Arsenal U23s it’s hard to imagine Holding immediately returning to the starting XI, and considering the match is on the road. However, a spot on the bench this Sunday boasts well for a potential return against Eintracht Frankfurt or Arsenal’s next home match against Aston Villa.
- Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney & Dinos Mavropanos - All three of these players are in a similar place of rehabilitation and aiming to return to full training with the senior squad by the end of the month.
Arsenal’s injury list is potentially just weeks away from clearing out, if the team can avoid new setbacks. Having these four back available for selection will do wonders for competition and Unai Emery’s plan to rotate across the Premier League, Europa League, and two cup competitions.
The club hasn’t released an official update as of Thursday morning, but we know for sure that Troy Denney is out, likely for the year, after having knee surgery. The only other player in question at the moment is Etienne Capoue who is reportedly dealing with an illness.
Regardless of injuries or not, several players will have been through a lot of travel over the past week, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see players like Lucas Torriera left out on Sunday in favor for the set of matches to coming up the following week.
[UPDATE] 12:30 pm ET: Arsenal posted photos from first team training with Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney. While neither may be ready for Sunday, it is a great sign that their return to the starting XI is just around the corner.
[UPDATE 2] Friday - Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out for at least three weeks as he deals with a lingering ankle issue.