Oleksandr Zinchenko says not to worry about his injury status, as he’s “nearly there” with his recovery now.
Connor Humm reported this week that Oleksandr Zinchenko had some muscle tightness, keeping him out of action.
Kaya Kaynak of Football.London then confirmed the muscle issue, adding that it’s not the same calf problem that saw him miss a month of football earlier in the season.
Zinchenko is unlikely to feature in Arsenal’s friendly against AC Milan on Tuesday, but the problem is believed to be minor.
Speaking about his injury situation, Zinchenko seemingly looked to play down fears of anything serious.
“You know, I have a little muscle tightness, but I’m nearly there, so don’t worry about this,” Zinchenko said.
“Obviously I’m also working hard to get my fitness back and to be with the team as quickly as I can.
“It’s the worst feeling to be fair … for every footballer to be out of the team. And yeah, in the last couple of months, I was struggling a lot but I hope everything is in the past already.”
Whilst most of the Arsenal players not involved in the World Cup have taken part in club friendlies against Watford and Lyon over the last few days, Zinchenko sat out of both matches completely.
Zinchenko has been spotted doing gym work with the squad in Dubai, but he hasn’t been taking part in full training.
The defender wasn’t named among the substitutes for the Lyon game, despite sitting on the bench with the other substitutes in the stadium.
The good news is that the Arsenal summer signing is reportedly expected to be ready for West Ham United on December 26th, when club football returns.