Arsenal injury news & return dates: Mikel Arteta offers update ahead of Premier League winter break

Arsenal have suffered a number of injury blows in recent weeks.

The Gunners’ injury list and Covid-19 cases resulted in their Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur being postponed earlier this week.

While Mikel Arteta was able to put together a near full-strength starting XI in Sunday’s match against Burnley, the Spaniard has endured more trouble in the medical room.

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Takehiro Tomiyasu

Takehiro Tomiyasu was absent from the 0-0 draw against the Clarets and Arteta has now confirmed the Japan international will be sidelined for ‘a few weeks’.

Tomiyasu was forced to play through the pain barrier in their Carabao Cup tie with Liverpool last week as Arsenal were without any direct replacements.

Calum Chambers

Calum Chambers contracted Covid-19 at the start of the month and was out of action until the first leg against Liverpool.

However, the defender picked up a neck injury against the Reds and has been out since.

Chambers was an unused substitute against Burnley and so is likely to be fit for Arsenal’s next league fixture against Wolves.

Cedric Soares

Cedric has been out with a hip injury since Arsenal’s first leg clash with Liverpool.

Like Chambers, the former Southampton defender looks likely to return to the squad after the winter break.

Bernd Leno

Bernd Leno has been absent from the Arsenal squad for their last two matches after picking up a back injury.

It is unclear when the goalkeeper will return to action, though he has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium anyway.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to Arsenal following a scare over a post Covid-19 complication.

However, it is unlikely that the striker will feature for the Gunners anytime soon and has been heavily rumoured to be on his way out this month.

Mohamed Elneny & Nicolas Pepe

Elneny and Pepe are both currently on international duty in the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt and Ivory Coast respectively.

Their two national teams are due to face off in their round of 16 tie tomorrow, so at least one of the pair could return to the Emirates this week.

If either player was to reach the AFCON final then they could still be back in England for the Wolves clash, with the tournament finale taking place on February 6.

Granit Xhaka & Thomas Partey

Granit Xhaka was shown a red card in the first of the cup ties with Liverpool and will be available against Wolves after completing his two-game ban.

Partey picked up a red in the second cup tie last week - the day after being knocked out of AFCON with Ghana.

The midfielder only received a one-match ban due to picking up two yellows, so he will also return to the squad for the Wolves match.