In a relief for Arsenal fans, scans have delivered promising news about midfielder Declan Rice’s recent injury. Rice was substituted at half-time during Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham due to discomfort in his back. Concerns arose about the extent of the injury, but scans have shown no major problems.
According to Sky Sports, the 24-year-old is unlikely to feature in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash with Brentford on Wednesday. However, he could make a return in time for the Premier League match against Bournemouth this weekend.
This injury update will come as a significant relief for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, especially with a crucial showdown against Manchester City looming on October 8.
After the derby draw with Spurs, Arteta commented on Rice’s fitness and the unexpected nature of his substitution, saying, “He had a back injury. He was really uncomfortable during the match. We had to take him out. We have to assess him. It’s strange for someone like him to come off.”
Declan Rice, who arrived at Arsenal in a club-record £105 million deal from West Ham during the summer transfer window, has made a positive impact for the Gunners and is seen as a key part of the team’s midfield. Arsenal fans will be hoping for a swift recovery for the talented midfielder to bolster the squad as they navigate a challenging fixture list.