Granit Xhaka has posted on Instagram that he is in ‘work mode’ as the Arsenal midfielder issued an update on his injury.
The 29-year-old suffered a knee injury during Arsenal’s win against their North London rivals last month, and there is the suggestion that he could be out for a three-month period.
Judging by the picture he posted on Instagram, it seems as though Xhaka is currently working on some strength work related to his knee, as he was seen in a brace – all of this is common practise with knee injuries.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who played alongside Xhaka at Arsenal, simply responded to his post by saying: “‘Come on Malaka.”
It will be interesting to see what Arsenal do if Xhaka isn’t fit enough by the time the New Year comes along.
That’s the time a certain Thomas Partey will be heading to the Africa Cup of Nations and Arsenal will be hoping to have at least one of their hard-hitting midfielders ready and available.
If not, then Mikel Arteta may have to rely on the academy, which in truth hasn’t let him down since he has been at the club.
Or he might have to dip the market for another player, which would be a surprise if they do because the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles can play that midfield role, even though he isn’t first choice or even second choice.
There is, of course, summer signing Albert Sambi Lokonga, who will provide that energy and bite in midfield, but it is still a lot to ask for someone who is only 21 and who has just walked through the doors.
Either way, Arsenal aren’t going to be the only ones suffering from the badly-timed AFCON’s dropping during the middle of the campaign.
2022 is going be pretty hectic because there is also the World Cup in Qatar taking place in November.
That’s what happens when football is only about the money and nothing else.
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