Arsenal suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, but the Gunners also have some injury concerns to deal with ahead of their next game.
Two players who missed the match due to fitness issues were William Saliba and Eddie Nketiah, who are both on loan at Marseille and Crystal Palace respectively. Here is the latest news on their recovery and expected return dates.
The French defender, who joined Marseille on a season-long loan in July, has been a regular starter for the Ligue 1 side, impressing with his performances and helping them climb to second place in the table. However, he picked up a hamstring injury in training last week and was ruled out of the clash against Lorient on Friday.
According to reports from France, Saliba is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks, meaning he will miss Marseille’s next three games against Galatasaray in the Europa League, Paris Saint-Germain in the league and Lens in the Coupe de la Ligue.
He could return to action after the international break, when Marseille face Rennes on November 20.
The England Under-21 striker, who moved to Crystal Palace on a permanent deal in August, has yet to make his debut for the Eagles due to an ankle injury he sustained in pre-season.
He has been working hard to regain his fitness and was close to being involved in the squad for the game against Wolves on Saturday, but manager Patrick Vieira decided to give him more time to recover.
Speaking before the match, Vieira said: “Eddie is getting better and better every day. He’s been training with us for a couple of weeks now. He’s not far from being available for selection.”
He added: “We have to be careful with him because he’s been out for a long time. We don’t want to rush him back and put him at risk of another injury.”
Nketiah could make his Palace debut after the international break, when they face Burnley at Turf Moor on November 20. He will hope to get some minutes under his belt and challenge for a starting spot alongside Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard in Vieira’s attack.
Final Thoughts: Saliba and Nketiah Injury Updates
The injury updates on William Saliba and Eddie Nketiah provide insight into the extent of their injuries and their expected return dates. Saliba’s hamstring injury is a setback for him and Marseille, as he has been a key player for them this season.
It is good news that his injury is not too serious and he is expected to be back in action after the international break. Marseille will miss his presence in the upcoming games, but they will hope to have him back in top form when he returns.
On the other hand, Eddie Nketiah’s recovery progress is a positive sign for Crystal Palace, as they are yet to see their new signing in action. Patrick Vieira’s decision to not rush him back to action is understandable, given his injury history.
However, he will be a valuable addition to their attacking options when he is fully fit. Nketiah will be hoping to make an impact for Palace in the upcoming game against Burnley after the international break.
Overall, the updates on Saliba and Nketiah’s injuries highlight the importance of managing players’ fitness carefully to avoid further injuries and ensure their long-term availability for the team.
The teams’ decision to give the players sufficient time to recover and not rush them back to action is a wise move. Fans of both teams will eagerly await their return to the pitch, hoping that they can make a positive impact on their team’s performances.