Sead Kolasinac is being assessed ahead of Arsenal’s match against Southampton, with the club reporting he has a tight hamstring.
Kolasinac featured against Italy over the international break in a 3-0 defeat, though he didn’t earn much praise for the performance. The Italian media called it ‘disastrous‘ as he was caught out a few times and lost the ball for one of the goals.
After that, the player had to pull out of the Bosnia squad and return to Arsenal, with reports from his home country suggesting he had picked up an injury.
Arsenal have now confirmed this, writing that Kolasinac has an issue with a ‘tight left hamstring’. They say he’s ‘being assessed’ ahead of the match against Southampton on Saturday. Dani Ceballos is also out injured with his existing hamstring issue.
Though this doesn’t rule the left-back out of the game completely, when Arsenal write that a player is ‘being assessed’ it usually means the best-case scenario is that they make the bench. It’s very rare to read that update and then see the player start.
It’s not a huge issue for Unai Emery if Kolasinac has to miss one game. Kieran Tierney is perfectly capable of starting, and on form, he’s probably the one who should be anyway.
If Kolasinac is back in time for the Europa League on Thursday this won’t be a problem, though it would be good if the 26-year-old could at least make the bench this weekend.