Tierney, Aubameyang, Ozil: Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of Man City clash

Just of couple of days to through international break, with some Gunners’ players busy representing their countries.

Once they return to domestic duty, Mikel Arteta’s side face a daunting trip to the Etihad stadium to FAC Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Before the break, Mikel Arteta’s side had made impressive start to the campaign win three at of four league games, with their latest victory was 2-1 victory over Sheffield United thanks goal from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners will hoping to continue their winning ways against Manchester City this weekend.

With that in mind, here is the latest injury news for the Gunners going into the game with Manchester City.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not reported for international duty with Gabon.

Aubameyang, 31, was initially called up Sunday’s clash against Benin, but since it has been revealed that he sustained an ankle injury during the Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United last summer, he had to withdraw from the squad.

‘After the withdrawal of Mario Lemina, another executive, Aubameyang, will not be present to face Benin in a friendly match on October 11 in Lisbon,’a statement reads.

According to head coach Patrice Neveu: ‘Aubameyang suffers from a small sprained ankle, contracted on Sunday, during the Premier League match against Sheffield.

‘The Arsenal doctor sent me a certificate indicating his unavailability. He is in care for a week.’

With that said, it’s not all bad news for Gunners fans as well as manager Mikel Arteta ahead of mouthwatering encounter with Manchester City.

As spotted in Wednesday’s training session at London Colney, Aubameyang was present alongside the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi.

Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney has been advised to self-isolate for 14 days after coming into close contact with a COVID-positive team-mate on international duty.

Scotland international Stuart Armstrong was diagnosed with coronavirus, the Scottish FA confirmed last week, and Tierney’s alleged close proximity to the midfielder means he has been advised to begin a two week period of self-isolation.

Tierney’s isolation would appear to rule him out of Gunners’ Premier League game against Manchester City. But the Gunners released a statement last Wednesday, to clarify their position.

The Gunners said: ‘Our medical team have confirmed that Kieran was socially distant at all times from the player who tested positive and has broken no rules regarding Covid-19 protocols.

‘We are currently seeking further advice and clarification of the details.’

There has been no further update on Tierney’s situation, although the Gunners are expected to provide a new statement this week.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has been left out of all of Gunners’ matchday squads so far.

It’s understood the move is down to tactics and Arteta’s choice, rather than the German international having any sort of injury though.

He is, therefore, in contention for the Manchester City game if called upon.

Pablo Mari

The defender remains sidelined with an injury to his left ankle. He picked up the problem – which saw damage to his ankle ligaments – in the game with City back on June 17.

He is continuing outside running and undergoing a strengthening programme as he makes a return to full fitness.

Pablo Mari has also been doing some light ball work as part of his recovery.

The plan is for him to return to full training within the next week or so. The Manchester City game might be too soon for him, however, and a more likely return could be in the Europa League game away to Rapid Vienna on Thursday, October 22.

Sokratis

Sokratis is yet to play for Gunners this season.

The Greek has been tipped to leave the club this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli linked with a move.

However, he remains with the club and is fit so is in contention to be in the squad to take on Manchester City this weekend.

Calum Chambers

Chambers has been out with a serious knee injury since the end of last December in the home defeat by Chelsea.

He had been expected to return to action towards the end of the calendar year but that could now be sooner.

The Gunners say the defender is progressing well in his recovery and is now taking part in first-team training sessions.

The former Southampton player is aiming to be back in full training after the international break so is likely to be ready to play at the end of the month, if not sooner.

Shkodran Mustafi

The German was enjoying something of a renaissance under Mikel Arteta and had been particularly impressive in the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City last season, only to suffer a hamstring injury in its closing minutes.

Mustafi underwent a minor medical procedure in the immediate aftermath of the injury, which Mikel Arteta confirmed was a pull to the ‘tendon of the bone of his hamstring’.

The centre-back is said to be progressing well and he is now featuring in first-team training. Like Chambers, he is set to return to full training after the international break.

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