Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be sidelined for 'several weeks' with an ankle problem
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be sidelined for ‘several weeks’ with an ankle problem (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will be out for ‘several weeks’ due to an ‘ongoing ankle injury’.

Lacazette first felt the ankle problem during Arsenal’s pre-season friendly with Lyon and subsequently missed the side’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.

The Frenchman returned to Unai Emery’s starting XI for a 2-1 win over Burnley before making a substitute appearance in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool the following weekend.

After starting and scoring in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, it was assumed Lacazette had fully recovered from his ankle injury but the striker is set to be sidelined for the remainder of September.

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‘After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness,’ an Arsenal statement said on Friday ahead of the side’s trip to Watford.

‘Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks.

‘He is likely to be back in action in October.’

Matches Lacazette will likely miss

Watford vs Arsenal – Premier League (Sept 15)

Franfurt vs Arsenal – Europa League (Sept 19)

Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Premier League (Sept 22)

Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest – EFL Cup (Sept 24)

Manchester United vs Arsenal – Premier League (Sept 30)

Tierney and Bellerin are closing in on their returns for Arsenal
Tierney and Bellerin are closing in on their returns for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Emery confirmed that Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will miss Arsenal’s trip to Vicarage Road despite both full-backs returning to training this week.

Asked whether they could return, Emery replied: ‘Not yet. It depends on their progress for the next weeks.

‘Maybe we can decide to play at the beginning with the U23s, to be ready with us.

‘Maybe if they play with the U23s they can take confidence and then after play with us 100 per cent.’

Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka both had injury scares during the international break, but Emery revealed on Friday that the midfield duo are ‘ready’ to face Watford.

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On Rob Holding’s fitness, Emery added: ‘He has earned matches with U23s.

‘With more minutes with U23 he can be closer to give us his performance.

‘At the moment we are working with three centre-backs, thinking on Sunday, now four. Rob is now the five, [Konstantinos] Mavropanos the sixth.’

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