Tomiyasu, Saka, Timber - Latest Arsenal injury news and return dates ahead of Chelsea

Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal FC looks on during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern München and Arsenal FC at Allianz Arena on April 17, 2024 in Munich, Germany.
Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has become a fresh injury for Mikel Arteta -Credit:(Photo by Silas Schueller/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has been dealt a fresh injury concern following the Premier League win over Wolves. The Gunners headed into the clash at Molineux off the back of two consecutive defeats with one ending their Champions League journey and the other significantly denting their title hopes.

Despite the quick turnaround and sheer amount of games in a short space of time, Arteta made minimal changes to his starting XI. As such the likes of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Declan Rice, with all three completing the full 90 minutes, again showed clear signs of fatigue with five games still to play.

Away from the action on Saturday was Takehiro Tomiyasu with the Japan international again troubled by a niggling issue which resulted in him missing the game. With that said, has rounded up all the Arsenal injury news before they return to action against Chelsea on Tuesday.

Takehiro Tomiyasu

After starting against Bayern Munich in the week, Tomiyasu was left out of the squad to face Wolves. Upon announcing the starting XI, Arsenal wrote: "Takehiro Tomiyasu has been left out as a precaution after picking up a knock on Wednesday."

Injury: Knock

What Arteta has said: "He [Tomiyasu] had a knock in the game and he had a bit of swelling and he wasn’t fit to play this game."

Potential return date: Chelsea (H) - Tuesday, April 23

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Bukayo Saka

Saka was seen limping toward the end of the Villa defeat. He came close to scoring in the first half but struggled to impact the game after the break and played the full 90 minutes at Bayern. Saka was again spotted hobbling in the late stages against Wolves, after being fouled on four separate occasions, but no major issue appeared to be present.

Injury: Unknown.

What Arteta has said: N/A

Potential return date: N/A

Jurrien Timber

The defender has been recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered back in August during the Premier League clash against Nottingham Forest. His only other appearance came in the Community Shield against Manchester City.

Timber has been in team training since before the recent international break. Despite Arteta's hope that he will play again this season, he was not in the squad to face Villa or Bayern.

Injury: Knee.

What Arteta has said: "It’s too soon," the Spaniard said in his pre-match press conference. "He’s gonna play a game with the 23s and after that we will see better how he feels. He looks really good in training, but it’s that last big step, we need to see if he’s ready and how it’s going to go."

Potential return date: Unknown.