Bukayo Saka Injury Update: Arsenal Winger Still in Doubt for Manchester City Clash
Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka is still in doubt for Sunday’s massive clash against Manchester City after picking up an injury against Lens on Tuesday night. The 22-year-old limped out of the Champions League match in the 34th minute, clutching his thigh before heading straight down the tunnel.
Saka has failed to finish the last three matches in a row, though manager Mikel Arteta said afterwards that his latest issue was unrelated to the knock he picked up against Bournemouth at the weekend.
According to the Daily Mail, Saka underwent an initial scan on Wednesday and the injury is not considered to be a serious one at this stage. That said, he remains a significant doubt for both the City clash on Sunday as well as England’s upcoming international matches.
What is the Injury?
The best case scenario for Saka is that he has only suffered a painful dead leg, though it would still represent a risk to play him against City. His chances of being involved are being judged on a ‘day-to-day basis’ and Arteta will wait until the very last minute to make a decision on his participation.
The Telegraph are a little more pessimistic about Saka’s chances of playing and are reporting that he has likely suffered a hamstring strain. The severity of the strain will determine whether or not he can play against City, as well as the risks involved in rushing him back so soon.
Saka has already been playing with a thigh injury and there could be fears that he exacerbates both issues. Asked about Saka’s injury following the defeat to Lens, Arteta told TNT Sports: ‘It was an action, a backheel, and he felt something in this specific action. It was nothing else. Obviously he wasn’t comfortable to continue.’
What Does This Mean for Arsenal?
Saka has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers this season and his absence would be a huge blow for the Gunners. He has scored four goals and provided seven assists in all competitions so far this season and his creativity and energy have been key to Arsenal’s attacking play.
If Saka is ruled out of Sunday’s clash, it could be a huge boost for Manchester City, who are already favourites to win the match. The Citizens have won their last three Premier League matches and are looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.
At this stage, it is still unclear whether or not Bukayo Saka will be fit enough to play against Manchester City on Sunday. The severity of his injury is yet to be determined and Arsenal will be hoping that he can make a quick recovery in time for the match.
If Saka is ruled out, it could be a huge boost for Manchester City, who are already favourites to win the match. It remains to be seen how Arsenal will cope without their star winger but they will need to find a way to fill the void if he is unavailable.