Arsenal u21 strikers Khayon Edwards and Billy Vigar picked up injuries in pre-season, but they’re optimistic over their recoveries.
With Nikolaj Moller, Tyreece John-Jules, and Mika Biereth all out on loan, and Folarin Balogun set to follow, Khayon Edwards and Billy Vigar are the Arsenal u21s’ primary centre-forward options for the coming campaign.
So it was a significant blow for Mehmet Ali’s side when Vigar and Edwards ended up picking up injuries in consecutive games – against Bromley FC and Boreham Wood FC respectively.
Fortunately, Daily Cannon has learned that Edwards’ injury at Boreham Wood was just a cramp, after he scored Arsenal’s opening goal earlier in the game.
The striker has been training as normal, and he was only left out of Monday’s match against St. Albans City as a precaution.
Edwards is expected to be fit and ready for Arsenal’s Premier League 2 opener against Manchester United on Saturday, and as things stand, he’s set to be involved in the starting lineup.
Vigar’s situation is somewhat less clear. At the moment, his camp don’t believe the injury is anything too serious, but Arsenal are being cautious with him.
The striker rolled his ankle against Bromley, but he’s hoping to be back soon. It’s early days, so we’ll have to wait and see whether the problem turns out to be anything more serious.
Kido Taylor-Hart started in Monday’s friendly in the absence of Edwards and Vigar, and that’s a role he’s played before in the past. But he’s probably more suited to the wings, and it will be a boost to have Edwards back involved on Saturday.
With any luck, Vigar’s return won’t be far behind, and he can make his competitive debut for the u21s before long.