Declan Rice's Swift Recovery for Manchester City Clash
Midfielder's Back Injury Poses Less Threat Than Feared, Arsenal Eyeing Top Form Ahead of City Showdown
Arsenal remains optimistic about Declan Rice's fitness for their upcoming match against Manchester City, despite the midfielder sustaining a back injury during their game against Tottenham Hotspur. Rice was substituted at halftime in the 2-2 draw with Spurs due to severe back pain, as confirmed by manager Mikel Arteta. Initially, there were concerns that the injury would sideline him for an extended period, as overnight reports suggested his discomfort had worsened, limiting his mobility. However, further assessments are underway, and the club believes Rice's recovery may be quicker than feared, with a possible return for the clash against Manchester City on October 8, according to the Daily Mail.
Following the draw against an in-form Spurs side led by Ange Postecoglou, Arteta finds himself relatively content with Arsenal's fifth-place standing and their unbeaten streak after six games this season. Nevertheless, he is eagerly awaiting Rice's potential return for the Man City showdown. Additionally, Arsenal is hopeful that Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli will recuperate from their hamstring injuries in time to face Pep Guardiola's squad.
Looking ahead, Arsenal's next fixture is against Brentford in the Carabao Cup's third round on Wednesday, September 27. The team will be eager to maintain their positive momentum as they navigate the challenges of the season.
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