Keep up-to-date with Arsenal injury news from across all teams at the club.
Arsenal navigate through growing injury woes
Here’s a comprehensive update on the current status of players, with detailed timelines for their expected returns.
Bukayo Saka (foot), Declan Rice (back) and Leandro Trossard (muscular) were newly added to the injury list, with Rice and Saka picking up their injuries against Tottenham on 24 September 2023 and Trossard picking up his in training earlier in the week.
The specifics of their expected return dates are yet to be confirmed but none are said to be serious with Rice and Trossard expected to be back for the Premier League game against Bournemouth at the weekend if they do not make it for Brentford in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
Saka is expected to be back for the Man City game, if not before. Ahead of the Carabao Cup game against Brentford, Arteta told reporters, “He was limping quite badly after the match. We had to get him off the field. He hasn’t been able to participate in the session. It’s a possibility (he could miss the Bournemouth game).”
Lotte Wubben-Moy and Gabriel Martinelli have been out of action since 17 September 2023. Wubben-Moy, who has a muscular injury, is set to return for the start of the new FA WSL season, and is expected to face Liverpool.
Martinelli’s hamstring injury leaves him without a confirmed return date but he is expected to miss the Brentford game.
Thomas Partey has been absent since 1 September 2023 due to a groin injury. There is still no confirmed timeline for his return to action although there are rumours he could be back for the game against City.
Henry Timi Davies has been sidelined since 19 August 2023 and Mika Biereth since the same date. Davies is dealing with an ACL injury requiring surgery, while Biereth is expected to return from his knee injury in December 2023.
Laura Wienroither has been unavailable since 1 May 2023, and Leah Williamson since 19 April 2023, both with ACL injuries requiring surgery. Williamson is hoping to return to action in January.
Vivianne Miedema, who has been recovering since 15 December 2022, is back in training after her ACL injury. She is expected to be match-fit soon but will miss the start of the 2023/24 season which starts on Sunday against Liverpool.
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Arsenal are expected to miss Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard for their League Cup game against Brentford, as both players continue to be assessed for their injuries.
Both players are undergoing assessments for their injuries, but neither is expected to feature in Wednesday’s fixture.
Rice has a back issue, while the severity of Trossard’s hamstring or knee problem is still being determined.
Arsenal injury updates ahead of Tottenham clash: 1 doubt, 1 out
As the clock counts down to Arsenal’s eagerly awaited north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, Mikel Arteta has updated the media on the fitness of key players Gabriel Martinelli and Thomas Partey.
The Brazilian forward’s participation hangs in the balance, while the Ghanaian midfielder has been ruled out.
Martinelli’s uncertain status
Thomas Partey ruled out
“Thomas [Partey] for sure is out,” confirmed Arteta.
“The rest we hope are available, yes we still have two training sessions, but there were no big issues in midweek.”
In the lead-up to what Arteta referred to as “our biggest game of the season so far,” the manager discussed the challenging aspect of team selection.
“When you have to announce the line-up, it’s one of the hardest things, because players feel happy and valued when they play,” he stated.
While Arsenal faces a challenging encounter against an unbeaten Tottenham side, Arteta remains cautiously optimistic about the squad he will be able to field.
As for Martinelli, his status will be closely monitored in the run-up to the match.
Common injuries and recovery times
|Ankle & Foot injuries||Achilles tendonitis||6 weeks||3 months||6 months +|
|Ankle sprain||2-3 weeks||4-6 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Calf muscle strain||1-2 weeks||3-4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Fracture dislocation of ankle joint||6 months +|
|Os Trigonum Syndrome (floating bone in back of ankle)||3-4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Plantar fascitis||2-3 weeks||4-6 weeks||2 months +|
|Knee & Leg injuries||Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)||4-6 months|
|Calf muscle strain||1-2 weeks||3-4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Cartilage Tear (meniscal tear)||2-4 weeks||4-6 weeks||2 months +|
|Hamstring strain||1-2 weeks||3-4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprain||2-3 weeks||4-6 weeks||3 months|
|Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain||2-4 weeks||4-8 weeks||3 months|
|Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)||3-5 months|
|Patella tendonitis||6 weeks||3 months||6 months +|
|Posterior Cruciate Ligament||4-6 weeks||6-8 weeks||3-4 months|
|Thigh strain (Quadriceps strain)||1-2 weeks||3-4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Tibia & Fibula Fractures||4-6 months +|
|Hip & Groin injuries||Abdominal strain (stomach muscle strain)||1-2 weeks||3-4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Avulsion fracture pelvis||8 weeks|
|Groin strain (Adductor strain)||1-2 weeks||3-4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Hip flexor strain||1-2 weeks||3-4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Hernia||8 weeks post-op|
|Iliopsoas Syndrome||1-2 weeks||3-4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Lower Back injuries||Facet syndrome||2-3 weeks||3-4 weeks||4 weeks +|
|Sciatica||3-4 weeks||4-6 weeks||2 months|
|Spondylolysis (stress fracture)||2-3 months|
|Slipped disc||3-4 weeks||4-6 weeks||2 months|
|Elbow, wrist & hand injuries||Dislocated finger (Mallet finger)||2-3 weeks||*GK 8-10 weeks|
|Elbow fracture||10-12 weeks|
|Golfer’s elbow||1 week||3 weeks||6 weeks +|
|Tennis elbow||1 week||3 weeks||6 weeks +|
|Metacarpal fractures (hand fractures)||2-3 weeks||*GK 8-10 weeks|
|Wrist fractures (Colles and Scaphoid)||6-8 weeks|
|Shoulder injuries||Acromio Clavicular (AC) joint sprain||1 week||4 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Dislocated shoulder||6-8 weeks|
|Fractured collar bone||6-8 weeks|
|Fractured humerus||6-8 weeks|
|Rotator cuff (muscle problems)||2 weeks||4-6 weeks||8-12 weeks|
|Ruptured biceps tendon||12 weeks|
|Subacromial bursitis||1 week||2-3 weeks||6 weeks|
|Neck injuries||Cervical disc prolapse (Slipped disc)||6 weeks +|
|Whiplash||1-2 days||5-7 days||2 weeks|
Hamstring injuries are classified into three grades based on their severity. These grades help medical professionals determine the extent of the injury and guide appropriate treatment and rehabilitation plans.
Grade 1 (Mild): A Grade 1 hamstring injury is a minor strain or pull, with only a few muscle fibres affected. There is usually mild pain and discomfort but no significant loss of strength or function. Recovery time for a Grade 1 injury is typically between 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the individual and the specific injury.
- Grade 2 (Moderate): A Grade 2 hamstring injury involves a partial tear of the muscle fibres. This results in more pain, swelling, and possible bruising. The individual might experience difficulty walking or have a limited range of motion. Recovery time for a Grade 2 injury is usually between 4 to 8 weeks.
- Grade 3 (Severe): A Grade 3 hamstring injury is a complete tear or rupture of the muscle, which can cause severe pain, swelling, and significant loss of function. This type of injury may require surgical intervention, depending on the location and extent of the tear. Recovery time for a Grade 3 injury can range from 3 to 6 months, or even longer, depending on the severity and the individual’s healing process.
- It’s important to note that recovery times can vary depending on the individual, the quality of the rehabilitation program, and other factors. It’s crucial to follow the advice of medical professionals and adhere to a proper rehabilitation plan to minimise the risk of re-injury and ensure a full recovery.
Arsenal Players Seek Private Physiotherapy Amid Title Run-In
Discover why Arsenal players are seeking private physiotherapy sessions outside the club to stay in peak physical condition during their title run-in.
As Arsenal face a crucial stage in their Premier League title race, several first-team players have reportedly opted for private physiotherapy sessions beyond the club’s medical staff.
According to MailOnline, the players understand that even minor injuries or discomfort could hinder their chances of success. As a result, they are taking additional precautions to maintain their top physical condition for the upcoming decisive matches.
The report states, “Sportsmail has learned that a number of the Gunners’ first-team squad have sought private physio sessions away from the club’s medical umbrella to ensure their bodies are primed for the title run-in.”
In their recent victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage, Arsenal welcomed back key players, including Martin Odegaard, Kieran Tierney, Leandro Trossard, and Gabriel Jesus, who all recovered from various injuries and illnesses.
Compared to Arsene Wenger’s tenure, when lengthy absences due to injury were common, Arsenal’s current management of player injuries has significantly improved. The fact that players are proactively seeking additional support outside the club’s medical staff showcases the determination and commitment fostered under Mikel Arteta’s leadership.
Stay updated on Arsenal’s title run-in and their players’ efforts to maintain peak physical condition by following our regular coverage and expert analysis.