Martin Odegaard returned to training with Arsenal on Friday, seemingly recovering after his recent minor injury absence.
In midweek, Martin Odegaard was absent from Arsenal’s squad to face Leeds United, despite the fact he’d barely featured in the previous game against Aston Villa.
This led to concerns he’d picked up an injury, which Mikel Arteta confirmed after the game.
Neither Arteta nor the club detailed exactly what the injury was, so it wasn’t clear whether or not the playmaker would return in time for Saturday’s trip to Leicester. Though the Arsenal manager did add that he hoped Odegaard would feel better by then.
Fortunately, that looks to be the case. The young playmaker was back in training on Thursday, and he seemed to be playing a full part in the session, pictured with the ball at his feet playing alongside his first-team teammates.
The question now is whether he’s fit enough to risk a start in the Leicester City clash. Arteta may opt to stick with the team that started against Aston Villa anyway, considering Arsenal’s performance in that game.
Another appearance off the bench may be the most sensible option this weekend, both in terms of fitness and avoiding a disruption to a winning formula. But it’s always good to have as many players available as possible.