William Saliba injury latest as Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard to be assessed


William Saliba's toe injury is not thought to be a serious one, football.london understands. The 22-year-old put in a man of the match display as Arsenal secured their first win over Manchester City in the Premier League in eight years on Sunday.

After keeping Erling Haaland quiet throughout the 90 minutes though it emerged after the game that Saliba is not set to go away on international duty with France due to an injury. "Todibo replaces William Saliba," the French Football Federation said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter. "The Nice defender was called in by Didier Deschamps to replace the Arsenal defender, who was injured in his right big toe."

It is understood that Saliba's toe injury is an ongoing problem that he has been managing. However, the issue is not thought to be serious and Arsenal are hopeful that the Frenchman will be available when they return to Premier League action against Chelsea after the international break.

Saliba's is one of several injuries that Arsenal are monitoring. Gabriel Martinelli is being managed back slowly after returning from a hamstring injury to score the winning goal against City. The Gunners intend to work closely with the Ghanaian FA to manage Thomas Partey's situation after he also returned from a muscle injury against City. Similarly they will be working with the Egyptian FA to manage Mohamed Elneny's status after he returned from a nine month absence with a knee injury.

Bukayo Saka meanwhile is recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in the 2-1 defeat to Lens in the Champions League. Mikel Arteta declared after the City game, that Saka was not going to be available for England over the coming international break. "No, he couldn’t make it," Arteta said in his post-match press conference. "He hasn’t had a single training session so he will be out. He’s not available to play football at the moment."

Saka is still expected to report to St. George's Park for England duty however after being called up to the senior squad by Gareth Southgate. The Three Lions' medical staff will then assess whether the 22-year-old is going to be available for either friendly against Australia or the Euro 2024 qualifier with Italy.

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It's a similar situation for Leandro Trossard who had to come off against City with a hamstring problem. Trossard has been managing the injury that saw him miss games against Tottenham and Brentford carefully, and will be assessed by Belgium staff before a decision is made over his role during the international break.

Jurrien Timber meanwhile remains a long-term absentee following an ACL injury sustained in August. The Dutch international is progressing through his recovery well, although no firm date has been put on a return at this point.

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