Carabao Cup: Arteta gives update on Saka, Rice
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Carabao Cup: Arteta gives update on Saka, Rice

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has provided the latest update on Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice’s injuries ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup clash with Brentford on Wednesday.

Recall that Saka, who scored his team’s second goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League derby last weekend, was taken off in second-half stoppage time.

As per the Evening Standard, Saka is supposedly struggling with an Achilles injury that he suffered last season but has played through it so far.

Rice, meanwhile, was substituted at halftime against Tottenham. The England midfielder suffered a back spasm.

Speaking at his latest pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s tie with Brentford, Arteta told reporters when asked about the duo: “He [Rice] has not trained yet. He could not carry on in the game. Hopefully, it is not something big. We are confident [it is not serious]. He is still uncomfortable. Hopefully, it will progress in the next few days.”

On Saka, the former Manchester City assistant coach added, “He [Saka] has not been able to participate [in training since the derby]. It is a possibility [that he is unavailable for the Bournemouth game on 30 September].”

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