Ahead of Arsenal’s final game before the international break, the Ukrainian FA have broken the bad news that Oleksandr Zinchenko has suffered a muscle injury in training.
The Ukrainian FA (via Express) wrote that the Arsenal player suffered a calf muscle issue in training, which will require two weeks for treatment and recovery.
Zinchenko reportedly informed the head coach of the national team immediately, but he’s set to miss their upcoming fixtures this month.
That inevitably means Zinchenko will also miss Arsenal’s clash with Brentford on Sunday. Thinking further ahead, it will also cast doubt on whether the left-back can feature in the North London derby next month.
As it stands, we’re two weeks and one day away from the derby match. If Zinchenko doesn’t rejoin full training before the two weeks are up, it seems very unlikely he’ll be in a position to start against Spurs the next day.
Kieran Tierney should start for Arsenal against Brentford at the weekend, then he’ll probably start and play the full match in all three Scotland games, and he’ll likely have to return to start against Spurs as well.
Arsenal are going to need Zinchenko back, because that schedule is a recipe for disaster given Tierney’s own injury record.