Mikel Arteta has suggested that a decision over whether Martin Odegaard will be available for Arsenal’s Europa League tie on Thursday will likely be made today – in comments reported by Football London.
Odegaard played the full 90 minutes as the Gunners returned to Premier League action at the weekend. However, a problem sustained on international duty has left him a doubt to face Slavia Prague.
The club confirmed on their official website that the Norwegian is struggling with an ankle injury.
And Arteta subsequently offered more of an insight into when a call will be made over his availability for tomorrow.
“We will assess him today how he’s feeling,” he said, as reported by Football London. “He’s been carrying an injury for the last few days since he got injured with the national team.
“We have a few of them for the last game when we played Liverpool as well. So, it will be today probably the day when we see where everybody is at and who is available for tomorrow.”
TBR View: Not having Odegaard for European games would be huge blow
Not having Odegaard available would be a big blow for Arsenal. He has been one of the side’s best performers in recent weeks.
And he seemed to be one of the few who emerged from the weekend with any credit whatsoever.
The Gunners will be without Kieran Tierney and David Luiz for the coming weeks. So losing Odegaard for any length of time also would be a big disappointment.
The Europa League has become increasingly significant to Arteta’s side in recent times. They have a mountain to climb if they want to qualify for Europe through their Premier League position.
And Slavia have claimed some notable scalps on their way to the quarter-final. So having a player of Odegaard’s calibre available could make a huge difference.