Jurrien Timber, Bukayo Saka – Latest Arsenal injury news and return dates for Man United clash

Latest Arsenal injury news with Mikel Arteta hoping to once again have his full squad available to face Manchester United

Jurrien Timber, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal during a training session at Sobha Realty Training Centre on May 01, 2024 in London Colney, England.

Mikel Arteta faces an important week on the training pitches to get his Arsenal team ready for a huge Premier League clash against Manchester United. The Gunners are still top of the table following the latest set of results, however the title advantage remains with Manchester City because of their game in hand.

Both Pep Guardiola and Arteta have been dealt a dream scenario this weekend with each of them having no major injury concerns. Jurrien Timber was not included in the matchday squad to face Bournemouth this past weekend despite Arteta admitting everyone was available, with it possible he returns this Sunday against Manchester United.

Bukayo Saka dealt the Arsenal boss a slight concern in the first 15 minutes of the victory over the Cherries after he was on the end of two heavy challenges which left a noticeable impact. With all of that being said, football.london has rounded up all the latest Arsenal injury news

Bukayo Saka

After just 15 minutes, Saka was on the end of a brutal set of challenges from Bournemouth duo Lewis Cook and Ryan Christie. The Gunners forward received some treatment with it clear he was fuming a card had not been awarded as he showed the cut on his leg to officials.

However, he carried on and scored in the game before being substituted in 86th minute.

What Arteta has said: “The one on Bukayo, is it on purpose or not? I don’t know so difficult for me to judge.

Jurrien Timber

Timber suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on the opening weekend of the Premier League season against Nottingham Forest, missing a large chunk of the season. The 22-year-old defender has recently returned to action, with two appearances for the Under-21s in recent weeks.

Finally, after nearly nine months on the sidelines, Timber could make his first-team return against Bournemouth – though a start is very unlikely.

Despite Arteta’s admission that all of his players were fit and available, the decision was made to leave Timber out of the matchday squad in favour of other more match fit players.

Injury: Knee.

What Arteta has said: “Yes, everybody is fit and available so now it’s the headache to make the right selection. We won’t know that until we throw him [Timber] in there. It’s tricky because there are only three games to go and he has missed eight months of football.

“He’s played only 115 minutes of football with the Under-21s, it’s a question that can only be resolved by throwing him on the pitch and we will see what happens, we have to try to nail that decision when [we take it].”

Potential return date: Manchester United (A) – May 12.

Reiss Nelson

Nelson was omitted from the matchday squad that faced Tottenham at the weekend. Considering Arteta’s latest injury update, it is very likely he was left out simply because there are not enough spots in a matchday squad with so many senior players fit and available.

Injury: N/A.

What Arteta has said: “Yes, everybody is fit and available so now it’s the headache to make the right selection.”

Potential return date: Unknown

 

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