Injury Update and return date- Lacazette, Holding, Tierney ahead of Thursday’s clash

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The Gunners start their campaign by travelling to face Eintracht Frankfurt for the first game in the group stage.

Following Arsenal’s disappointing draw with Watford, attention now turns to the start of the Europa League campaign.

The Gunners start their campaign by travelling to face Eintracht Frankfurt for the first game in the group stage.

Unai Emery’s side made it all of the way to the final last term, only to be beaten by Chelsea in Baku.

The hope will no doubt be to go one step further this time around.

Following disappointment at Vicarage Road, Emery’s side will be doing everything that they can to get back to winning way on the road.

Here’s the latest Arsenal injury news and expected return dates.

Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal have been dealt a major injury blow, as the club have confirmed that the striker will be out of action until at least October with an ankle injury.

An injury update of Arsenal’s official website read: “After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness. Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks. He is likely to be back in action in October.”

On the announcement of the injury, the Frenchman has posted a message to fans on social media.

“Already started my rehab and looking to the future.. Thanks everyone for your messages!!” He wrote.

Lacazette is likely to miss at least five Arsenal games, including this week’s Europa League opener vs Eintracht Frankfurt and the trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the Premier League.

Konstantinos Mavropanos

Has struggled with injuries during his brief spell at Arsenal.

A groin strain kept the Greek defender out for much of the 2018/19 season and while he returned towards the end of the campaign, a further groin injury hampered his progress further during pre-season.

However, in an injury boost to Arsenal the 21-year-old played 67 minutes of the Premier League 2 match against Leicester City on Saturday, a game in which the Gunners won 2-1.

Rob Holding

Rob Holding is another player who is close to returning to first team action, the defender played the full 90 minutes of the development squad’s win over Leicester City on Saturday, appearing to come through unscathed.

Giving an update on the player during his pre-Watford press conference, Arsenal manager Unai Emery hinted that the defender is close to a first team return.

“[Holding] earned matches with U23s… With more minutes with U23 he can be closer to give us his performance,” he said.

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

Whether that will happen in the Europa League remains to be seen.

Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney

Emery also gave a fitness update on both returning full backs, with the duo now back in full first team training.

“We need to look at the next steps in each training and also if we decide to play with U23s,” He said. “They did this week the first time training normally with us.

“We want the next week to take the normality training with us. After that week we can decide.”

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