Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus has been called up by Brazil for their World Cup qualifiers later this month.
The 26-year-old sustained a hamstring injury in the 2-1 victory over Sevilla last month and he was expected to be sidelined for a few weeks.
With Brazil taking on Colombia on November 17th, Jesus could well be available for the match but the Gunners are concerned about the forward making the long trip to South America, where there is a danger of the injury recurring if his fitness isn’t managed correctly.
Thomas Partey was also set to be out of contention for a number of weeks with a muscular injury, having picked up the issue in training prior to the Sevilla match, but there are now fears that the Ghanaian international could be on the treatment table for the rest of the year.
The fitness of captain Martin Odegaard is also a major concern. The Norwegian had been left on the bench for a couple of games due to a hip problem, but he didn’t even make the matchday squad for the defeat to Newcastle at the weekend.
It is not known whether the midfielder will be back in contention to face Sevilla but he is a major doubt for the Champions League group fixture.
Updates on the fitness of 2 other Arsenal players
Emile Smith Rowe is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury. The midfielder made his first start of the season against Sheffield United at the end of last month.
However, before the loss to West Ham in the Carabao Cup, manager Mikel Arteta confirmed that the 23-year-old had suffered yet another fitness setback.
Jurrien Timber is still in rehabilitation as he continues his recovery from an ACL injury. The Dutch international is expected to be back available at some point in the New Year.