3rd Arsenal player picks up same injury

LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal is tackled by Liam Cooper of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on November 22, 2020 in Leeds, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Molly Darlington - Pool/Getty Images)

Dani Ceballos missed Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday with a calf injury, the third Arsenal player to suffer one this month.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal looks dejected following his team's defeat in the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 19, 2020 in Liverpool, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Peter Powell -
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal looks dejected following his team’s defeat on December 19, 2020. (Photo by Peter Powell – Getty Images)

Dani Ceballos was a surprise absentee from the Arsenal squad on Monday night, with various reports revealing he was missing the match with a ‘tight calf’. There’s no word yet on exactly how long he’ll be out.

Kieran Tierney required a scan on a calf strain last week, which fortunately was only enough to rule him out of one game. Meanwhile, Pablo Mari is out for ‘a few matches’ with a calf strain of his own.

Dr. Rajpal Brar writes on Twitter that calf tightness isn’t unexpected at this stage of the season. The muscles take on constant stress and fatigue, and we haven’t had too many breaks in the schedule so far this campaign.

Hopefully, Ceballos’ problem turns out more like Tierney’s, and he only misses a game or two. But it sounds like this is all just a natural consequence of the pressures we’re putting players under in this condensed season.