In the latest Arsenal news, boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that Mohamed Elneny may have played his last game for the Gunners this season but believes that midfielder should be fit for the World Cup.
The Egypt international was stretchered off the pitch just before half-time in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over West Ham on Sunday with fears that the ankle injury he suffered may have ruined his hopes of appearing at this summer’s showpiece.
However, Wenger has eased such concerns but admits that the 25-year-old only has a “little chance” of returning for the last game of the Premier League season at Huddersfield.
Wenger said: “Elneny has a little, little chance to play at Huddersfield.
“I think he will be available for Egypt at the World Cup but not anymore for Arsenal.”
Elneny may of course be available for the Europa League final on May 16, should Arsenal get there, but he will definitely be missing for Thursday’s semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid at the Emirates, with the Gunners available at 8/5 with Betfred to win.
Midfielders Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere along with goalkeeper Petr Cech are all expected to have shaken off minor injuries which forced them to miss the win over West Ham and be available for selection, although Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a doubt and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible.
For Atletico Madrid, Diego Costa has been included in a 20-man squad which has travelled despite boss Diego Simeone giving the former Chelsea striker “no chance” of being fit from a hamstring injury for the first-leg tie.
Defender Juanfran is definitely out though for Los Colchoneros with a hamstring problem of his own.