Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said that he is hopeful that Sead Kolasinac will return to the playing field before the end of the current campaign.
The Bosnian defender picked up a ‘significant shoulder injury’ during the early stages of the 3-2 league win over Everton last weekend and Arteta has now confirmed that the left-back could be sidelined for a while.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Arteta confirmed that the left-back would be seeing a specialist over the shoulder concern but admitted that the situation does not appear positive.
“He is seeing the specialist today and we will know more this afternoon. But yes, he was in pain, it’s a difficult area and we are not very positive about it,” he told.
When asked whether Kolasinac could make a comeback before the end of the campaign, Arteta said that would depend on the medical assessment with the specialist.
“Hopefully, yes [he will play again this season]. But I don’t know. It’s depending on whether he’s dislocated it and if he needs surgery or not. We will know more this afternoon, hopefully,” he added.
With Kolasinac’s injury setback, Bukayo Saka is expected to feature in the left-back role during the coming games, particularly with Kieran Tierney and Cedric Soares yet to return to full training after their respective shoulder and knee injuries.
Saka has impressed from the makeshift position for the Gunners in recent months and of late, he has been in splendid form with one goal and four assists from five appearances.
Still, the teenager needs to be handed carefully at the present stage of his career and Arteta will be hoping that one of Tierney or Soares can return to first-team action at the earliest to reduce some of the workload on the youngster.
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