Arsenal injury crisis escalates as two more sidelined - report
By Matt Farr
Arsenal’s injury woes were dealt a further blow as two more first-team stars missed training with fitness concerns, according to a report.
The Daily Express claim that midfielder Aaron Ramsey and striker Olivier Giroud appeared to sit out the club’s final preparations for their upcoming Premier League clash with West Ham.
They were not pictured in Arsenal’s extensive slideshow of the players training at their London Colney headquarters on Friday.
The absence of the senior players will not please the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who could have to add two further names to his ever-growing injury list.
Santi Cazorla will miss a further three months as he undergoes knee surgery, while Mathieu Debuchy has also been ruled for six weeks with a hamstring injury.
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Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker and Chuba Akpom are already sidelined – but both Welbeck and Bellerin are making excellent progress.
On the other hand, Mohamed Elneny has returned to training following a minor illness.
The reasons for the duo’s absence are yet to be confirmed, but questions remain over their fitness ahead of the West Ham clash.
If nothing serious, the pair will be expected to feature when Arsenal travel to Basel on Tuesday night for their final Champions League group-stage game.
Ramsey and Giroud have both missed much of the season with injuries, and have amassed just 12 Premier League appearances between them. All of Giroud’s seven appearances, meanwhile, have been as a substitute.
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