Arsenal have been handed an injury boost ahead of their Europa League match against FC Zurich. According to Football.London, Bukayo Saka trained with the Arsenal first team on Wednesday.
The England international had suffered an injury when Arsenal hosted Nottingham Forest at the Emirates Stadium in a Premier League match last Sunday. The 22-year-old limped off the pitch in the 27th minute, with Mikel Arteta replacing Saka with Reiss Nelson.
Saka’s return to first-team training is welcome news for Arsenal, who have four more fixtures before the winter break, and England national team.
His return to training would also suggest he could be available for selection for the Gunners when they face FC Zurich in their final Europa League 22/23 group stage match.
Arsenal Handed Injury Boost Ahead of FC Zurich Clash
Football.London also report that Oleksandr Zinchenko was also part of the Arsenal training on Wednesday. The 25-year-old, who joined Arsenal in the summer, has not featured for the Gunners since their win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Zinchenko is recovering from a calf injury, and his return to training suggests he also might be in contention for game time against FC Zurich.
Meanwhile, Arsenal head into the game on the back of their rout of Nottingham Forest last week. The Gunners romped their way into a 5-0 win over Forest.
The north London outfit took the lead in the fifth minute as Gabriel Martinelli beat Dean Henderson in Forest goal with a header from a Bukayo Saka cross.
Nelson replaced Saka and then doubled Arsenal’s lead four minutes into the second half. Nelson then bagged his second of the match to send Arsenal 3-0 up in the 52nd minute.
Thomas Partey unleashed a spectacular strike from outside the box to establish a four-goal cushion for Arsenal in the 57th minute. The Gunners sealed their win with Martin Odegaard scoring in the 78th minute.
Meanwhile, Arsenal had suffered a shock defeat in their previous match in the Europa League. They succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to PSV Eindhoven last week.
Despite the defeat, Mikel Arteta’s men top Group A with 12 points from five matches. They have four wins and a loss. PSV occupies the second position in the group, with 10 points from five matches.
The match between the Gunners and FC Zurich kicks off at 1:30 am Indian Standard Time, on Friday.