Mikel Arteta provides injury update on Arsenal defender William Saliba
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 01, 2023 - 12:35AM
William Saliba suffered an injury against Sporting Lisbon prior to the international break (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta is hopeful William Saliba will feature again for Arsenal this season but has ruled him out of Saturday’s Premier League game against Leeds United.

The 22-year-old has been in outstanding his form this season, cementing his place at the heart of his side’s defence after returning from his loan spell at Marseille in the summer.

Saliba had been an ever-present in the Premier League this season prior to the 4-1 win over before the international break.

The international picked up what appeared to be a back injury during Arsenal’s shock defeat against Sporting Lisbon and was forced to pull out of Didier Deschamps’ squad ahead of the qualifiers against Holland and Ireland.

and feared Saliba could miss the rest of the season.

Rob Holding will deputise for William Saliba against Leeds United (Picture: Getty)

Fortunately, it appears Saliba will not require surgery at this stage and although he will miss Saturday’s game against Leeds, there is a hope he can still feature prominently during the run-in, beginning with next week’s daunting trip to Liverpool.

‘He is progressing unfortunately he still has some discomfort in his back,’ said Arteta at his pre-match press conference.

‘He’s not gonna be fit for this game and we’re trying to do everything to feel better. But not yet.’

Asked if Saliba would feature again this season, Arteta added: Yeah I am very hopeful and he is as well. Back injuries are a bit tricky and how they evolve with the load that you put in certain areas.

‘Let’s push it and see how he copes with that. He’s so willing to be back in the team.’


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