Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson picked up a training injury ruling him out of Feyenoord’s match against SC Cambuur this weekend.

Reiss Nelson playing for Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord on Twitter)
Reiss Nelson playing for Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord on Twitter)

Ahead of Feyenoord’s match this weekend, head coach Arne Slot confirmed that Reiss Nelson had picked up an injury in training, and he’d be absent for Sunday’s fixture.

There’s no word yet on the exact timeframe of the injury, but it’s another unfortunate setback for the Arsenal winger on loan.

It was only a week ago that Slot had announced that Nelson was available for selection after recovering from Covid-19. He’d missed the previous match against Sparta Rotterdam due to the infection.

It took a long time for Nelson to break into the Feyenoord starting lineup, and he’d only just managed to do so with his first three league starts in their last three league games before illness forced him out.

Now, after recovering from Covid-19, Nelson has an injury to contend with.

On top of all that, Feyenoord boss Arne Slot was recently in the media challenging Nelson to up his game and deliver on his talent.

“The talent is there, but what Reiss still struggles with is creating big chances for himself or his teammates,” Slot said.

“You see a lot of skill, speed, and agility, but the final push is still missing. Then it’s just not a finish or just not an assist.

Reiss Nelson playing for Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord on Twitter)
Reiss Nelson playing for Feyenoord (Photo via Feyenoord on Twitter)

“The most difficult thing in football is to get the best out of your play. And if you play for Feyenoord, where you often end up in a promising position as a winger, you expect a higher yield.

“I did notice that against NEC, he looked for his direct opponent when he had the ball, which was lacking in the game with Vitesse.

“I think Reiss is much more of a creator than a finisher, and I’m convinced he’ll show he can do better.”

The 22-year-old has made 17 appearances for Feyenoord this season in all competitions, with four starts and 13 substitute appearances. He has one goal and one assist in those appearances.

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