Valencia’s Rodrigo is set to recover from a knock he picked up over the weekend to start against Arsenal on Thursday, and the striker is in top form at the moment.
Rodrigo scored a brace for Valencia against Huesca at the weekend, to add to his assist against Arsenal last Thursday. However, he was then forced off after 58 minutes with a knock, sparking fears he could miss out on the second leg of his side’s Europa League semi-final against Arsenal.
Spanish outlet AS report that’s not going to be the case. They claim Rodrigo was withdrawn as a precaution with slight discomfort, and he hasn’t had any trouble returning to training with Valencia since then. AS claim Rodrigo ‘will start’ on Thursday, but also list Kevin Gameiro as a possible alternative, so we’ll see.
Gameiro is also having a decent season, considering he’s only starting about half of Valencia’s games. The 31-year-old has eight goals and eight assists in 51 appearances, but in terms of minutes, that’s a goal contribution every 152.5, which is a good record.
Either way, Arsenal need to prepare for Valencia to go all out against them, as they try to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg. Let’s hope Unai Emery’s side can hold firm and book a place in the final later this month.