Mohamed Elneny has become the latest player to pick up an injury during the international break.

Newcastle United v Arsenal - Premier League - St James Park Arsenal s Mohamed Elneny celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster
Newcastle United v Arsenal – Premier League – St James Park Arsenal s Mohamed Elneny celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster

Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac probably don’t quite understand how they are still at Arsenal. Moves to Turkey for both fell through over money, which isn’t a surprise. The Turkish clubs always want everybody for nothing.

Kolasinac has now picked up an injury after a bad tackle when playing for Bosnia & Herzegovina against France on Wednesday night

Sead Kolašinac limps off with an injury (Photo via Goal News on Twitter)
Sead Kolašinac limps off with an injury (Photo via Goal News on Twitter)

As he went to clear a ball next to the corner flag, France’s Jules Kounde came flying in for no apparent reason and scythed Kolasinac down. It was a terrible tackle with very little upside even if he’d won the ball, which he didn’t. The referee showed Kounde a red after a VAR review.

Sadly, Kolasinac was unable to continue the game, and his national manager Ivaylo Petev admitted afterwards: “I talked to him, he doesn’t look very well.”

Now, it has been reported that Elneny has picked up a muscular problem while in training. It’s interesting to note that Elneny was delayed in joining up with his international teammates as UK quarantine rules meant none of Egypt’s Premier League stars were released for their game in Egypt on Wednesday.

Kingfut write, “Egypt had some noticeable absences namely Premier League duo Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny, who were unable to travel to Cairo due to travel restrictions imposed by the Premier League on the UK’s COVID-19 red-listed countries.

“As the second game against Gabon was set to be played in Franceville, Salah and Elneny were expected to join the national team camp, as the country isn’t on the red list.

“According to the EFA, Arsenal contacted the national team’s medical staff, led by Mohamed Abo El-Ela, and informed them that the midfielder sustained a muscle injury during training and will therefore not be able to play on Sunday.”

Given that information, I wouldn’t be too worried about Elneny’s reported injury.

This is all comes after Granit Xhaka picked up Covid and the Swiss FA’s announcement that he hadn’t been vaccinated.

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