Luiz, Tierney, Runarsson, Ozil, Luiz, Xhaka – Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of Leicester City clash

Arsenal take on Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, having got their campaign off to the perfect start so far with consecutive wins over Fulham and West Ham United.

The north London side sealed an impressive 3-0 win at Fulham before picked up all three points in their 2-1 victory over David Moyes’ side at the Emirates on Saturday, thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.

Next up, Arsenal trip to the King Power stadium with Mikel Arteta looking likely to rotate some of his side against the Foxes on Wednesday evening.

However, there are still a number of injury problems, which could leave the Spanish coach a little short of options.

Here is Arsenal’s injury list in full in the run-up towards Wednesday’s clash with Leicester City in Carabao Cup third round.

Kieran Tierney

The 23-year-old was ruled out of the West Ham game but he could be available for the Wednesday’s clash against Leicester City at King Power stadium.

Tierney was withdrawn 10 minutes before Saturday’s win over West Ham United, but only as precaution. Even Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the Scotland international was going to be fine after the match.

David Luiz

The 33-year-old veteran centre-back was picked up neck injury problem during the Community Shield victory against Liverpool on August 29.

The Brazilian defender missed Arsenal opener game against Fulham but the Gunners are confirmed the defender is ‘making good progress’ and back in full training before the weekend’s fixture.

David Luiz appeared as a substitute in the closing minutes against West Ham as Mikel Arteta looked to see out the game, and he could be back in contention for the Carabao Cup clash against Leicester City.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has been left out of both of Arsenal’s two previous game squads so far this season, but it is understood the German is not injured, and it was purely a tactical decision from Mikel Arteta.

The playmaker had been in full training, and played in the Gunners’ pre-season clash against Aston Villa.

Mesut Ozil should be in contention for the Leicester game after made major impact in London Colney training based in recent days.

Granit Xhaka

The central midfielder returned to the starting XI for the clash against West Ham United on Saturday afternoon after picking up an ankle injury against Fulham.

The Swiss international impressed in the win at Craven Cottage but was substituted towards the end of the match.

Depending on how strong a line up Mikel Arteta is aiming for, Xhaka may be rested with a trip to Liverpool on the cards next Monday.

Alex Runarsson

New signing that was unveiled as Arsenal on Monday evening could be getting his debut in this cup clash.

Runarsson, 25, who arrived from Ligue 1 side Dijon, is expected to make his debut against Leicester City on Wednesday night.

The stopper arrived as a replacement for back-up Emiliano Martinez, who joined Aston Villa last week.

Pablo Mari

Pablo Mari is set to back in training by the end of the month with the rest of the senior squad.

The Spanish defender suffered a season-ending ankle injury early in his third game as an Arsenal player, limping out of a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City back in June.

Mari underwent surgery on his ankle and carried out successful rehabilitation work at the Recover medical centre in Cambrils which allowed the north London club to push forward the timescale of his recovery.

A return to full training is expected to come later this month though with an international break after the home game against Sheffield United on October 3 Arsenal may opt to wait for the next tranche of fixtures rather than rush Pablo Mari back into the squad.

Sokratis

Another defender who missed out against West Ham, and will likely not feature against Leicester City on Wednesday evening.

The Greek, who has been tipped to leave the club this summer, sustained a mild strain to his right calf in training but is aiming to return to full first team training this week, according to the reports from club official website.

Calum Chambers

Sidelined since the home defeat to Chelsea on December 29, Chambers will know that there is a long way to go before he is back to the impressive form he was showing early in the 2019/2020 campaign.

Indeed as Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding can attest the process of recovering from an ACL injury is far from over even when the player dons his jersey and returns to competitive action.

That moment is still some way away for Calum Chambers although he is expected to return to pitch and ball work in the coming weeks.

Arsenal have been reluctant to put a timescale on Chambers injury and in an official update could only offer the nebulous news that the 25-year-old defender is ‘aiming to be back in full training as soon as possible this calendar year’.

Meanwhile, both Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Martinelli still doubt for Wednesday’s clash against Leicester City as they remains battled with injury problems.

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