Martin Odegaard had to come off at half-time after picking up an injury with Norway in their match against Gibraltar on Wednesday night.
Starting his first game as Norway’s new permanent captain, Martin Odegaard only completed 45 minutes before an ankle problem forced him off the pitch at half-time – with his team 2-0 up.
Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be anything too serious. Norway’s national team coach Ståle Solbakken confirmed (via Arilas Ould-Saada) that it’s not a major injury and he hopes to have Odegaard back in time for their match against Turkey on Saturday.
Odegaard himself repeated the same line, telling the media he twisted his ankle but believes he’ll be fit for the Turkey game.
Dr. Rajpal Brar added that the injury involved Odegaard’s right ankle rolling inwards as he was cutting to the left with the ball, and it looked to be relatively mild.
That’s all good news, particularly considering Odegaard was playing very well before the injury. In the first 45 minutes, he created three chances, including one big chance, completed all three of his attempted dribbles, and won four of his five individual duels.
It looked to be a continuation of his recent form for Arsenal, where he was influential in wins over Olympiacos and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as starring in a three-goal comeback to draw with West Ham United.
The Gibraltar match finished 3-0 to Norway, putting the team just ahead of Turkey, who beat the Netherlands 4-2 in their opening game. The clash between Norway and Turkey already looks like a key one, so Solbakken will want Odegaard available if possible.