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Arsenal dealt blow as Alexandre Lacazette is ruled out for ‘several weeks’ with ankle injury

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Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be sidelined for 'several weeks' with an ankle problem
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette can be sidelined for ‘several weeks’ with an ankle downside (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette can be out for ‘several weeks’ attributable to an ‘ongoing ankle injury’.

Lacazette first felt the ankle downside throughout Arsenal’s pre-season pleasant with Lyon and subsequently missed the aspect’s Premier League opener towards Newcastle.

The Frenchman returned to Unai Emery’s beginning XI for a 2-1 win over Burnley earlier than making a substitute look in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool the next weekend.

After beginning and scoring in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, it was assumed Lacazette had totally recovered from his ankle injury however the striker is set to be sidelined for the rest of September.

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‘After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness,’ an Arsenal assertion stated on Friday forward of the aspect’s journey to Watford.

‘Alex has been enjoying via this injury for a number of weeks.

‘He is likely to be back in action in October.’

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Tierney and Bellerin are closing in on their returns for Arsenal
Tierney and Bellerin are closing in on their returns for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Emery confirmed that Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will miss Arsenal’s journey to Vicarage Road regardless of each full-backs returning to coaching this week.

Asked whether or not they may return, Emery replied: ‘Not but. It is dependent upon their progress for the following weeks.

‘Maybe we will determine to play firstly with the U23s, to be prepared with us.

‘Maybe if they play with the U23s they can take confidence and then after play with us 100 per cent.’

Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka each had injury scares in the course of the worldwide break, however Emery revealed on Friday that the midfield duo are ‘ready’ to face Watford.

On Rob Holding’s health, Emery added: ‘He has earned matches with U23s.

‘With extra minutes with U23 he might be nearer to offer us his efficiency.

‘At the moment we are working with three centre-backs, thinking on Sunday, now four. Rob is now the five, [Konstantinos] Mavropanos the sixth.’

MORE: Ashley Barnes recovers from injury for Burnley’s Premier League journey to Brighton

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