Mikel Arteta has confirmed William Saliba will miss Saturday’s game with Leeds, but says he is ‘hopeful’ the defender will feature again this season.Information Guide Nigeria
Saliba has not appeared for Arsenal since limping off during the first half of the Europa League second leg tie with Sporting CP earlier this month with a back problem.
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Due to the issue, the centre-back has yet to return to training and was forced to miss his first Premier League encounter of the season against Crystal Palace before the international break. Rob Holding replaced him for the 4-1 success and is likely to fill in for the Frenchman again this weekend.NYSC Portal
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Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Leeds, Arteta said: “He [Saliba] is progressing. Unfortunately, he feels some discomfort in his back and we are trying to manage him in the best possible way.
“He’s not going to be fit for this game [against Leeds] but we are trying, he is trying to do everything he can to feel better and get back training, but not yet. We don’t know if it happened the previous game as he had a very awkward landing against Fulham but before that he was fine.”JAMB Result
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