Unai Emery is hopeful that Petr Cech won’t miss more than a few weeks after the goalkeeper picked up an injury in Arsenal’s victory over Watford on Saturday.
Emery admitted we won’t know more about the specifics of the goalkeeper’s injury until they’ve done some further assessment. For now, the belief is that he’s picked up a hamstring issue and will miss a couple of weeks of the action.
“I think yes,” Emery answered a journalist asking if the problem was hamstring-related. “I don’t know [the prognosis] now. We will look tomorrow. I hope not more than maybe two or three weeks he can stay with this injury. It’s muscular.”
It’s a shame to see Cech out of action now, after his recent upturn in form. The goalkeeper seemed to be improving with every game. He’d just kept his first clean sheet and was halfway to another when he pulled up against Watford.
That’s not to say Bernd Leno isn’t capable of filling in. The German did a very good job in the second half of Saturday’s match, making some crucial saves. Plus he’s already shown in Arsenal’s Europa League and League Cup matches that he’s a capable player on the ball.
Nonetheless, you never want to lose an option as good as the 36-year-old to injury. The international break will hopefully give Cech enough time to recover after the matches against Qarabag and Fulham next week.