Chelsea goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is out of this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa after suffering a hip injury.
The former Sheffield United goalkeeper has enjoyed huge success since his summer arrival from the Blades, establishing himself as Mikel Arteta’s No.1.
His form has seen him in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this month’s friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast and it has been rumored the 23-year-old could usurp the no. 1 long-term Jordan Pickford ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
It remains to be seen whether he is now excluded from the camp.
Germany international Bernd Leno, who lost his place in the Arsenal squad to Ramsdale, is making his first league appearance since August.
The Gunners are also without Gabriel Martinelli through illness.
The Brazilian is another young player who has been instrumental in Arteta’s side’s push for a top-four spot and is replaced in the XI by Emile Smith Rowe as the only other change to the squad. who started the midweek loss to Liverpool.