Arsenal’s Saka joins growing injury list ahead of Carabao Cup



Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has joined the club’s growing injury list and is doubtful for their next two matches, manager Mikel Arteta said ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup tie against Brentford.

England forward Saka picked up a knock in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur where he scored and made his 86th consecutive Premier League appearance — an Arsenal record.

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Asked if Saka could miss Wednesday’s League Cup third-round tie at Brentford and Saturday’s league games at home to Bournemouth, Arteta told reporters: “It’s a possibility.

“He was going on a rant after the game [against Spurs], which is never a good sign. He was not able to participate [training] session.”

Arteta said midfielder Declan Rice had also not trained since being forced off at half-time in the north London derby with a back problem, adding: “He hasn’t been able to continue playing and hopefully it’s not too big.

“We’re confident. He was uncomfortable and that’s never a good sign. Hopefully he’ll get better.”

The Spaniard added that Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Martinelli and Thomas Partey were unavailable for selection.

“It’s a long list… the situation we have at the moment and we need players to come back, that’s for sure,” Arteta said.

He added that his ability to rotate his squad for the clash with Brentford had been hampered by injuries.

“To change 11 or 12 players tomorrow, it’s not a possibility,” Arteta said.

“A lot of players need minutes. Some players don’t have a lot of minutes and they’re going to get that exposure tomorrow.”



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