Mkhitaryan, Cazorla, Ospina – the latest Arsenal injury news and expected return dates

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Arsenal head into the second leg of their Europa League quarter final clash with CSKA Moscow in relatively good health, with only a few injury concerns.

The 3-2 Premier League victory over Southampton on Sunday passed without any additional knocks, which will come as a major relief to Arsene Wenger ahead of a key week in the Gunners’ season.

So what is the latest from the Arsenal treatment room and when could are those suffering from problems expected back?

We take a look at the latest situation.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

There were fears that Henrikh Mkhitaryan was facing a lengthy lay-off after limping off with a knee injury against CSKA Moscow last week, but Arsene Wenger confirmed on Sunday that the Armenian has a glimmer of hope for the run-in.

“Mkhitaryan has a medial knee ligament damage. He will not be available for Thursday and not for Newcastle and certainly not for the week after, I think we play West Ham. I think he will miss those games for sure.

“He could still play at the end of the season.”

David Ospina

The Colombian started in all of Arsenal’s previous Europa League ties, but was absent from the squad on Thursday.

Wenger denied that he has reneged on the agreement that Ospina will play in all of the Gunners’ cup games this season.

“No, leave the conspiracy theories at home. It’s just Ospina got injured yesterday in training and has an ankle sprain,” he said.

“Ospina is out for two to three weeks.”

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

The England under-21 international missed the Southampton game with a muscular problem but Wenger reveals the injury is only minor and he could return in midweek.

“Ainsley is short for this weekend, but he might be back for Moscow.”

Santi Cazorla

The Spaniard has not played for well over a year due to an Achilles problem that has forced him to undergo 10 operations.

He is not expected to play again this season.


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