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Will William Saliba be fit for Chelsea clash after withdrawing from France squad?

Will William Saliba be fit for Chelsea clash after withdrawing from France squad?

Arsenal is optimistic that William Saliba will recover in time for their upcoming match against Chelsea after withdrawing from the France squad due to an injury.

In Sunday’s triumphant match against Manchester City, Saliba showcased an impressive performance by playing the entire 90 minutes at the Emirates, where he faced off against Erling Haaland. 

However, shortly after the game concluded, the French Football Federation disclosed that the defender had been excluded from Didier Deschamps’ squad for the upcoming matches against the Netherlands and Scotland, citing a ‘chronic’ toe injury.

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According to The Evening Standard’s report, it appears that Saliba did not sustain the injury during the weekend’s match but has instead been dealing with it for several weeks, managing it in the interim.

As per the report, Saliba anticipates being fit for the match at Stamford Bridge scheduled for Saturday, October 21st. He will be among several Arsenal players who will stay in north London during the international break to focus on their recovery from various fitness concerns.

Additionally, it is mentioned that Bukayo Saka, who was absent from Sunday’s victory against City, has opted to withdraw from the England squad for the upcoming international fixtures.

During his post-match press conference, Mikel Arteta made it clear that the winger, Bukayo Saka, would not be participating in the two matches against Australia and Italy as part of the England squad. England subsequently confirmed his withdrawal from the squad on Monday.

Saka did initially travel to St George’s Park with his fellow England teammates on Monday afternoon, but shortly thereafter, it was officially announced that he would be heading back to his club, Arsenal.

“It was decided that the player would continue his rehabilitation at his club,” the FA said. “No replacements are planned.”

Leandro Trossard, who was substituted at half-time during Sunday’s match due to a knock, has also decided to withdraw from the Belgium squad.

Gabriel Martinelli, who came off the bench to replace Trossard and scored the winning goal over the weekend, is another player who will be staying at the club to focus on his fitness. This decision comes after he missed five previous games before Sunday’s match and was not chosen for Brazil’s upcoming fixtures.

Will William Saliba be fit for Chelsea clash after withdrawing from France squad?

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