Arsenal's under-21 side take on Sunderland's side tonight, but will do so without a player who scored the winning goal in their last match.
Benik Afobe netted the winner with an excellent solo goal against Norwich City a fortnight ago, his first goal after a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Afobe was regarded at Arsenal as a top prospect, but an eight month lay-off had seen the younger Chuba Akpom overtake him in the pecking order for the first team, and the club sign another striker in French youth international Yaya Sanogo.
Afobe, 20, has suffered a setback in his fitness however - one he hopes will turn out to be a minor one. Either way he is taking no risks, using Twitter to detail his latest with a hamstring problem:
Hamstring is better but not trained enough to play tonight for the u21s. Get these muscle problems after months out. Good luck lads. #AFC— Benik Afobe (@BenikAfobe93) December 2, 2013
Issues like this are commonplace for players who have been out for long periods of time with serious injuries. Afobe's body is simply adjusting to the rigours of playing regular football again.
Arsenal's staff are clearly taking no risks with him, as shown by the way they played him for just 50 minutes against Norwich last time out.
Afobe will hope this is one step backwards to take two steps forward, and he can kick on fully fit for their next fixture against Leicester on December 16, or Manchester United on the 20th.
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