The Athletic are reporting that there are concerns William Saliba’s (22) season may be over, as the France international defender struggles to recover from a back problem.
Saliba suffered the injury during the first half of Arsenal’s UEFA Europa League last-16 second leg against Sporting Lisbon in March. His absence has coincided with a drop in form, with the Gunners since being reeled in by Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
However, there were hopes that Saliba, who has been replaced in the backline by Rob Holding, would be fit for the potentially make-or-break clash against Manchester City on Wednesday. The former Olympique de Marseille loanee will not be fit for the tie, whilst it is also expected that he will be absent for the London derby against Chelsea on May 2nd.
In fact, Saliba may be absent for the rest of the season, as The Athletic report. There are “increasing fears” that the former Saint-Étienne centre-back’s campaign could be over, although that situation is not yet confirmed and Arsenal will try to reintegrate him into the squad ahead of a critical final month of Premier League action.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle