Arsenal Striker Alexander Lacazzette has been ruled out of Arsenal’s squad till October.
The France international who was reported to be playing through the pain of an ankle problem will not be available to play for the Unai Emery’s side until October.
The France international is expected to be out of action for around a month, missing premier league games against Watford, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Europa League games against Eintracht Frankfurt and Standard Liege amongst others.
It remains to be seen how many of those fixtures will see Lacazette reduced to watching a brief, with Arsenal stating in a fitness update on their official website: “After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness.
“Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks. He is likely to be back in action in October.”
While Lacazette is now out of action, a number of players who have been nursing knocks over recent weeks have returned to training.
Among those to have been welcomed into Emery’s plans are Hector Bellerin and summer signing Kieran Tierney, although neither full-back is ready for selection just yet.
Emery said at a pre-match press conference: “We need to look at the next steps in each training and also if we decide to play with Under-23s, maybe they can take confidence, better rhythm and then be ready to play with us at 100 per cent.
“They did this week the first time training normally with us. We want the next week to take the normality training with us.
“After that week we can decide how they are to start playing with the under-23s and us [the first team].”
Also reported to be back in full training are Arsenal defenders Dinos Mavrapanos and Rob Holding