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Arsenal coach Arteta ‘hopeful’ Saka injury won’t affect World Cup involvement
Arsenal coach Arteta ‘hopeful’ Saka injury won’t affect World Cup involvement

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he hopes the injury sustained by whiz attacker Bukayo Saka in Sunday’s win over Nottingham Forest will not threaten the player’s World Cup participation with England.

Saka was forced to come off during Arsenal’s 5-0 victory after being tackled by Forest full-back Renan Lodi.

The 21-year-old, England’s men’s player of the year, is expected to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for Qatar.

“Hopefully not,” Arteta said when asked if Saka was a World Cup doubt.

“It was a bad kick. Right from the beginning he was limping, but I don’t see any further than that. Let’s see how he is in the next couple of days.

“He got kicked a few times and he wasn’t comfortable.”

England’s first World Cup fixture is against Iran on Monday, 21 November.

 



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