Takehiro Tomiyasu, Aaron Ramsdale: Latest Arsenal injury news ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Arsenal will continue their push for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League on Monday evening when they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.

Mikel Arteta’s side have won six of their last seven Premier League matches but beating Patrick Vieira’s side won’t be an easy task, especially when you consider that the Gunners needed an injury-time goal from Alexandre Lacazette to secured a late point during the 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium back in October. Arteta will be praying that he has a fully fit squad for the trip to south London ahead of a defining month for the north London outfit.

With that being said, football.london takes a look at all the latest fitness issues facing the Gunners.

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Emile Smith Rowe

Emile Smith Rowe missed England’s 2-1 win over Switzerland on Saturday due to a minor injury. However, he returned to the squad during Tuesday night’s clash against Ivory Coast, coming off the bench in the dying embers of the 3-0 win.

Expected return: Crystal Palace (A) – April 4

Bukayo Saka

Saka came in for some heavy treatment against Aston Villa, with the Gunners attacker having to be replaced after 69 minutes. He spoke to the referee at half-time about some of the challenges he had to endure, but declared that he’d be fit for their next fixture.

What Arteta has said: “He was really fatigued as well. After Liverpool he had an issue in his hip and he’s played a lot of minutes and you could tell. We didn’t want to risk him because he has to go with England now so we decided to take him off. [He] should be fine [for England]. “

However, unfortunately, the Englishman had to withdraw from the Three Lions’ squad after testing positive for Covid-19 on Thursday.

Taking to social media, Saka emphasized just how disappointed he is by the news. “I am gutted to withdraw from England camp but I have tested positive for Covid-19 and I will be isolating until I am negative,” he said. “I’ll be supporting the boys from home this weekend and I can’t wait to be being back doing what I love soon.”

Surprisingly though, Gareth Southgate was not sure why Saka was unable to feature in friendlies against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast, stating that he is “in a maze of confusion” around the rules but did acknowledge there is an ethical responsibility for someone infectious to stay away.

Expected return: Crystal Palace (A) – April 4

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Takehiro Tomiyasu is still working his way back from his latest calf injury. Issues with both legs have kept him out for some time, but the club are hopeful of a return soon. The right-back missed out on a call-up for Japan but there are hopes that he may make an appearance in the squad against Palace, albeit the club’s medical team are remaining coy on his estimated return date.

With that said, the good news is that Tomiyasu is expected to return to the Arsenal squad after the international break so he is in line to be available for selection against Crystal Palace on April 4.

What Arteta said: “He had a recurring injury around the same place. After that you have to be very cautious. “

Expected return: Crystal Palace (A) – April 4

Aaron Ramsdale

Ramsdale missed Saturday’s win over Villa due to an oblique muscle injury sustained in the 2-0 loss to Liverpool. Arteta had withdrawn him from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their friendlies this month as a result. The problem isn’t thought to be too serious but Arteta revealed he will be out for a number of weeks.

Expected return: Unknown.

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