Arsenal injury crisis with Bukayo Saka, Emile Smile Rowe and Martin Odegaard doubts for Slavia Prague trip

Simon Collings
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<p>Saka limped out of Sunday night’s win</p> (Getty Images)

Saka limped out of Sunday night’s win

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Arsenal risk being without Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard for Thursday’s huge Europa League clash with Slavia Prague - but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could return.

Aubameyang missed Sunday’s 3-0 win at Sheffield United due to illness, however Mikel Arteta is hoping he will recover in time for the trip to the Czech Republic.

Arsenal are going into their second leg with Slavia trailing on away goals after they drew the first leg 1-1 at Emirates Stadium.

And asked if Aubameyang could play on Thursday, Arteta said: “I hope so, yeah.

“He was unwell yesterday. He could not train. He could not be available today, but hopefully in the next day or two he will be feeling better and he will be available to get picked.”

The news is not so good on Odegaard, Saka and Smith Rowe though. Odegaard and Smith Rowe missed this win at Sheffield United with ankle issues - and Arteta is not optimistic they’ll play in Prague.

“I don’t know. I want to think yes, but if I am honest, I don’t know,” he said.

“I think for Thursday, David [Luiz] will be out, Kieran [Tierney] will be out - and then Emile and Martin, we don’t know yet. With Bukayo, let’s see how he develops in the next few days.”

Arsenal sealed three key points against the BladesGetty Images
Arsenal sealed three key points against the BladesGetty Images

Saka is now also an injury doubt too after limping off during the win at Bramall Lane with a thigh issue.

“He had to come off. He had a discomfort in his thigh,” said Arteta.

“It is the last thing that we need, because we are missing some big players at the moment and we don’t want to lose another one. So hopefully it is not that serious.”

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