Arsenal blow with ‘Oleksandr Zinchenko in race to be fit for North London derby after injuring calf in training’

    ARSENAL defender Oleksandr Zinchenko is set for a spell on the sidelines with a calf injury.

    The former Manchester City star, 25, has made a huge impact since arriving in north London.

    Zinchenko will not be available for Ukraine's upcoming Nations League fixtures

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    Zinchenko will not be available for Ukraine’s upcoming Nations League fixturesCredit: Getty

    But, he is now expected to miss some key fixtures including Arsenal’s upcoming clash with Brentford.

    The Football Federation of Ukraine have confirmed that Zinchenko will miss the upcoming international break due to injury.

    An official statement read: “Oleksandr Zinchenko will not be able to help the blue and yellow during the September matches in the UEFA Nations League.

    “The Arsenal player suffered a calf muscle injury during training at the club which will require two weeks for treatment and recovery.

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    “Oleksandr immediately personally informed the head coach of the Ukrainian national team, Oleksandr Petrakov, of the unfortunate news by calling him. We wish Sashka a speedy recovery.”

    Ukraine are set to face Scotland in a double header this month as well as Armenia, but Zinchenko will play no part in the games.

    Instead, he will remain in London to undergo treatment in a bid to return to action before the North London Derby, which is due to take place on October 1.

    The defender’s season has already been interrupted by injury.

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    He missed two consecutive games against Fulham and Aston Villa due to a knee issue before returning ahead of Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.

    Kieran Tierney, who has also struggled with various injury issues recently, is set to take Zinchenko’s place in the starting line-up for the upcoming match against Brentford.

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