Kolasinac, Cazorla, Welbeck – Injured Arsenal stars & expected return dates

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Arsenal injury news includes the latest on players including Shkodran Mustafi and David Ospina

With the busy winter schedule almost upon us, Arsenal fans know that they will need to dig deep into their squad in order to keep their season alive.

The Gunners have been relatively lucky with injuries so far this campaign but there are still some fitness issues that continue to haunt Arsene Wenger’s team selections.

Santi Cazorla is the most notable long-term absentee but the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck have been forced to watch from the sidelines too recently, while Sead Kolasinac limped off last weekend against Swansea.

Here is when we expect to see all of Arsenal’s injured contingent back in action again.

Sead Kolasinac

Injury type: Hip problem.

Out since: The second half of the 2-1 win against Swansea on October 28.

Expected return date: Manchester City (A), on November 5.

What Wenger said: “Kolasinac will have a test at the end of the week. He is not ruled out yet for Sunday. It’s not as bad as we feared at the start.”

Danny Welbeck

Injury type: Hamstring strain

Out since: Limping off in the second half against Watford on October 14.

Expected return date: Tottenham Hotspur (h) on November 18.

What Wenger said: “Welbeck has a groin problem, I think it will be two to three weeks before he is back. He will not be back before the international break.”

David Ospina

Injury type: Groin problem.

Out since: Watford (A), October 14.

Expected return date: Manchester City (A), on November 5.

What Wenger said: “Ospina is not very bad, he has a grade one [groin problem] so it’s just a couple of weeks. He maybe available for Sunday.”

Santi Cazorla

Injury type: Achilles

Out since: October 2016

Expected return date: January 2018

What Wenger said: “The first signs are positive, but still he has not played for one and a half years.

“He is not in full training yet, he needs a few games with the reserve team. So I think if all goes well, it will be after Christmas.”

Calum Chambers

Injury type: Hip.

Out since: The win against Doncaster on September 20.

Expected return date: Tottenham Hotspur (h) on November 18.

What Wenger said: “Calum is back full training but not fit enough to play.”

Shkodran Mustafi

Injury type: Groin injury.

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