Major Arsenal injury update ahead of Newcastle United game amid ‘out for the season’ worry
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The Brazilian went down four times before being substituted with five minutes to go during the 3-1 victory over Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
“We will have to see tomorrow how he is, but yeah he could not finish the game so that was a big sign for us,” said boss Mikel Arteta. “We’ll have to see how he is tomorrow.”
Gabriel’s centre-back partner William Saliba is unlikely to be available. The Frenchman hasn’t featured since Arsenal’s Europa League exit to Sporting Lisbon last month.
“Not a lot of progress,” Arteta said. “He’s feeling better every day but he’s not been able still to have any activity around the first team so we don’t expect him to be with us.”
Asked if there comes a point where he has to rule Saliba out for the season, Arteta replied: “We are not there yet today, because we’re always hopeful and players are pushing to play. If that’s the case at some stage we’ll announce it. But hopefully that’s not the case.
“It’s about the healing process. Pain-wise and the things he can do now off the pitch he’s in a good place. But we have to build that capacity to have the right impact, the right load and to be in good condition to play for the team.”
Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny and Takehiro Tomiyasu won’t be involved having already been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
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