Arsenal are confident that Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud will be fit enough to play against Marseille in the opening match of the Champions League group stages on Wednesday night.
Mertesacker missed the win at the Stadium of Light with illness while Giroud seemed to injure his knee during the game. The French forward has already tweeted to claim his knee is ok.
We have a few problems. Some with Ozil but the main one is Giroud, who has a knee problem. He will have a test tomorrow and hopefully he will be fit. But it will only be decided tomorrow.
There is good news. Mertesacker will be available again after illness.
Arsene Wenger said of Thomas Vermaelen’s return to action on Saturday
“It is fantastic to have him back, as a character and a player. Everyone is happy that he is back.
“He has gone through a difficult period but he is a great player, and will show that now that he is completely fit and available.”
Mesut Ozil reportedly has some ‘tight muscles’ but should be OK to make his Champions League debut for Arsenal.
Liverpool lost Philippe Coutinho during their 2-2 draw with Swansea last night after the player was on the receiving end of a waist-high challenge from Swansea captain Ashley Williams. Liverpool are hopeful that the player has suffered only bruising after the tackle.
After the game, Rodgers said
I haven’t seen the tackle. He is very sore in the changing room, and we’re hoping that it will only be bruising.
Rodgers then told the official Liverpool site that the player would undergo a scan on the injury to rule out any more troublesome issues.
Post match, Daniel Sturridge, who scored his fourth league goal in four games admitted that he wasn’t fully fit and had only returned to training with Liverpool on Friday.
Rodgers also revealed that Daniel Agger, who missed the game through injury, had suffered a ‘freak injury’. Rodgers said
“He just had a really freak incident in the gym before coming out to training.
“He overstretched when he was trying to prevent a dumbbell from falling on his foot. He has overstretched and pulled his side.
“We’ll see if that settles down over the next couple of days; but if it doesn’t, we’ve got ample replacements now. That was why we brought in extra players, to cover us for any injuries.”