Arsenal latest: Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Petr Cech facing fitness race for clash with Leicester

James Benge
Injury doubt | Sokratis faces a race against time to prove his fitness: AFP/Getty Images

Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is facing a race to recover from an ankle injury in time for the visit of Leicester to the Emirates Stadium on Monday.

The Greek defender damaged his ankle on international duty, limping out of his country’s 2-1 Uefa Nations League defeat to Finland and Arsenal confirmed today that he was still being assessed ahead of the Gunners return to Premier League action.

Sokratis’ absence would provide a cause for concern for head coach Unai Emery, who would have only Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi to call on in central defence.

Petr Cech’s involvement in the Leicester clash is also in doubt as he continues to recover from the left hamstring injury he suffered in victory over Watford before the international break, with Bernd Leno primed to continue in the Premier League side.

Club captain Laurent Koscielny is making encouraging progress in his return from the torn Achilles he suffered on May 3 and joined Emery’s first-team in training during the international break.

Arsenal remain cautious in their management of Koscielny and the 33-year-old is not expected to play a full part in training until early November.

Meanwhile Danny Welbeck has shaken off the knock that forced him to withdraw from the England squad and will be available for Monday’s match, where Arsenal will look to extend their winning streak in all competitions to 10 games.