Latest Arsenal injury news: Wenger delivers update ahead of Hull clash
Arsene Wenger delivers the latest Arsenal injury news and team updates ahead of Saturday's FA Cup clash with Hull City
Laurent Koscielny could make his return to the Arsenal side for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Hull City, Arsene Wenger revealed as he delivered the latest injury news update.
The French centre-half was forced off at half-time during the north London side’s 2-1 win over Leicester City last weekend after suffering a dead leg against the Foxes at Emirates Stadium.
However, the Arsenal manager has revealed that the centre-half has been making positive progress at the Gunners’ training ground this week and could be in contention to feature against the Tigers in north London.
Wenger told Arsenal’s website: “Koscielny is doing well. He has a test this morning and he looks positive.”
The Arsenal manager also ruled Gabriel Paulista out of the game after the Brazilian suffered a minor hamstring injury in the lead-up to the last weekend’s game, but revealed that the defender is “running outside” as he bids to regain his fitness in time for the visit of Barcelona next Tuesday.
The Gunners boss went on to hint that January signing Mohamed Elneny could be set to start Saturday’s game, as Arsenal look to book their place in the sixth round of the FA Cup, having faced Hull in the last two years running.
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Gabriel Paulista (hamstring)
Last game: 7 February 2016
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Last game: 29 November 2015
Jack Wilshere (ankle)
Last game: 26 July 2015
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Last game: 30 January 2016
He continued: “Elneny is fit. He is one of the players who could get a run [out] there. He’s mobile, he’s a very good player. He’s adapting at the moment and I think he’s there now. We’ll certainly see him against Hull. He has a chance to start.”
The Arsenal boss also confirmed that he is not planning to give some of his first-team regulars a breather against Steve Bruce’s side.
“I will, as always, play a team who has a good chance to qualify,” he said. “The normal squad is involved on Saturday. It is a normal squad and we’ll play a usual strong team.”