Sead Kolasinac had to withdraw from international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina after picking up a back injury over the break.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on September 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Sead Kolasinac of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on September 15, 2019, in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Bosnian outlet Klix covered quotes from the national side’s head coach Robert Prosinecki on Sunday, as he told the media: “Sead Kolasinac has an injury to his back and we let him leave the preparations of the national team.”

This was subsequently confirmed as Kolasinac wasn’t involved in his country’s 3-0 win over Liechtenstein.

The Arsenal left-back got a fair amount of stick for his ‘disastrous‘ performance against Italy in a 3-0 defeat last Friday, as he was regularly caught out defensively for a whole host of chances for the away side.

Perhaps this performance was related to his injury, or perhaps the injury just gave Prosinecki a convenient excuse to send him back. Either way, it hasn’t exactly been a positive break for the 26-year-old.

It’s hard to predict whether it will be Kolasinac or Kieran Tierney in the starting lineup against Southampton on Saturday, as left-back is one of few positions where Unai Emery doesn’t seem to have a clear favourite.

We’ll have to wait for Arsenal’s update on this back injury though, as it’s possible the decision will be made for the head coach.

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