David Ospina proved his fitness in Colombia’s 3-1 win against Ecuador on Tuesday and should be available for Arsenal at the weekend.
After suffering a back injury before the international break, Ospina managed to recover and play against Bolivia last week to quash any injury fears. However, the goalkeeper took another bad hit in that 3-2 win and had to be helped off the pitch.
Jose Pekerman insisted before Tuesday’s game that Ospina was available and the 27-year-old played for his country without any further issues.
Of course, there was a moment when Ospina went down but, well, there always is. He got back up again.
Colombia ran out comfortable winners and leapt to fifth place in the South American World Cup qualifying group, leapfrogging Paraguay and Brazil. Beating Ecuador also knocked them off top spot as Uruguay won their match.There wasn’t a clean sheet, though, as Ospina conceded from a free-kick.
There wasn’t a clean sheet for Ospina, though, as he conceded from a free-kick.
Ecuador’s goal against Ospina. pic.twitter.com/6o4tE9PxD1
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With Petr Čech’s fitness still up in the air ahead of the weekend, Arsenal could need Ospina to play in goal against Watford this weekend. The goalkeeper has played in Arsenal’s last two Premier League games thanks to a muscle injury picked up by Čech in the loss to Swansea City.
Despite performing well, it’s plain to see that Ospina isn’t quite the level of Čech but will have to play again if the 33-year-old’s progress hasn’t been as positive as expected.