Arsenal had a bit of good news in their team news update ahead of the North London derby, with Bernd Leno progressing well in his recovery.
Arsenal report that Bernd Leno is ‘progressing very well’ in his recovery from a moderate ligament sprain. The latest update is that he’s aiming to return to full training before the end of the season, which is great news.
If we put that in context with the initial concerns he could miss most of next season, it’s clearly a big plus for the club. They’ll likely have the goalkeeper back and ready before the new campaign even starts.
Leno will still probably miss the rest of this season, though. And while football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues fans of the goalkeeper will have to play football-themed casino online games while they wait for his return and for return to stadiums.
In other team news, Pablo Mari has a return date, aiming to rejoin full training in September. He’s still in the early stages of his recovery for now.
We’re still waiting for clarity on Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers, but neither will play over the next month before the season ends. Meanwhile, Mesut Özil is still ‘being assessed’, which is what Arsenal claimed for the last few updates.
Unlike some on social media, I don’t completely buy that Özil’s back problems are imaginary. He has a history of them, so it seems perfectly possible that’s what’s keeping him out. However, I am very dubious that Arsenal still can’t give us a more specific update.
Writing “being assessed” on every team news post and having Mikel Arteta just say “no updates” in every press conference seems deliberately vague. They must know whether he’s ready to play this Sunday or not, after weeks of assessing the same problem.
Eddie Nketiah will miss the Spurs game with a three-match suspension.