Mikel Arteta has been handed a boost over Pierre-Emerick Aubaemyang’s fitness ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool this weekend, amid other injury problems.
Liverpool are looking to return to Premier League action with a win, following their defeat at West Ham United prior to the international break, and Aubameyang had previously been considered a doubt for the game at Anfield.
The Gabon forward was stretchered off against Libya with a calf strain on Friday night, although it was thought not to be overly serious.
However, Aubameyang missed his country’s next World Cup qualifier against Mohamed Salah‘s Egypt on Tuesday night, with one of his team-mates suggesting his absence was due to injury, leading to concerns over his availability against Liverpool.
But it has since been reported by Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts that the 32-year-old striker had returned to training as planned.
He tweeted: “Aubameyang is back training today at London Colney as normal. His early return from international duty was pre-planned with Gabon. No injury or anything like that. He’s fine for Saturday.”
Aubameyang has been in fine form for his club side in recent weeks, scoring four goals in his last eight games, to help Arsenal rise up to fifth in the Premier League table.
A victory at Anfield on Saturday would see Arteta’s side move above Liverpool into fourth.
Another Gunners forward, Folarin Balogun, who has previously been linked with Liverpool, was substituted off for England U21s on Tuesday.
Sead Kolasinac was another Arsenal man who picked up an injury during the international break, while Arteta has previously said he is monitoring Thomas Partey’s recovery ‘day by day’.