Arsenal injury update on Sokratis, Bellerin, Monreal & more ahead of Liverpool clash

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Arsenal have provided a team news update ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool and Unai Emery is sweating over the fitness of several key players in defence.

Hector Bellerin missed our Carabao Cup win over Blackpool after picking up a thigh injury during the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend and the right-back will face a late fitness test to see if he’ll be available tomorrow.

 Nacho Monreal has missed Arsenal’s last four matches in all competitions due to a hamstring injury while Sead Kolasinac has also been on the sidelines since suffering a hamstring problem on the eve of our win over Leicester City last month and both players remain doubts for the Liverpool game.

In what looks to be a fresh concern, Sokratis will face a late fitness check on an ankle injury. The centre-back wasn’t involved against Blackpool in midweek and it seems he’s now a doubt to face Liverpool.

Mohamed Elneny will still be missing this weekend as the midfielder has been ruled out for a couple of weeks with a thigh injury while Matteo Guendouzi is suspended after receiving two needless bookings against Blackpool on Wednesday night.

Finally, Laurent Koscielny is continuing to work on his fitness in training as he bids to return from a serious Achilles injury at some point this month but he remains on the sidelines with fellow centre-back Dinos Mavropanos – who’s still out with a groin problem.

The update on Arsenal.com read:

Matteo Guendouzi
Suspended for Liverpool (h), following his dismissal against Blackpool (h).

Nacho Monreal
Minor right hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Liverpool (h) on Saturday, November 3.

Sead Kolasinac
Minor right hamstring. Being assessed ahead of Liverpool (h) on Saturday, November 3.

Hector Bellerin
Right thigh. Being assessed ahead of Liverpool (h) on Saturday, November 3.

Sokratis
Right ankle. Being assessed ahead of Liverpool (h) on Saturday, November 3.

Mo Elneny
Right thigh. Expected to return to full training in two weeks.

Laurent Koscielny
Right Achilles tendon repair. Currently being integrated back into full training.

Dinos Mavropanos
Groin injury. Expected to return to full training in November.

It’s a desperate situation in defence as we could be without six defenders – including arguably our best back four – if none of the injury doubts are passed fit. Kolasinac has been training in recent days so hopefully he’ll be ready to return but we’ll have to wait and see over the others.

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