Mikel Arteta has provided an update on Bukayo Saka as his injury eclipsed Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
The Gunners led 1-0 in the fifth minute through Gabriel Martinelli, but their afternoon took a turn as the star winger was pulled out with a suspected ankle injury in the first half hour.
Shortly after setting up his first game, the youngster was seen returning to the pitch after colliding with the billboard.
He then continued to play despite an obvious injury to his left ankle.
Saka fell back shortly after being challenged, but got back to his feet and carried on.
As the game approached the half hour mark, he was on the ground again, clutching his ankle and calling for medical help.
Mikel Arteta then withdrew the England international, who is due to travel to the World Cup with the Three Lions next month, marking a worrying moment for the Gunners boss and Gareth Southgate.
The tournament in Qatar begins in exactly three weeks, with England taking on Iran on Monday, November 21.
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Southgate already have a number of injury issues ahead of the tournament with the likes of Reece James, Kyle Walker, John Stones and Kalvin Phillips all battling to be ready.
The 21-year-old was replaced by Reiss Nelson in the 27th minute, the youngsters’ first appearance since last season’s opener – the away defeat at Brentford.
Fellow Arsenal academy graduate Saka also rose to the challenge, scoring twice and assisting another of his side’s goals in what was a five-star performance for the Gunners.
Luckily for the Gunners, Arteta gave a positive view of the winger.
He said: “I hope not [the World Cup in doubt]. It was a bad kick, he was limping but I don’t see it further than that. In the foot and ankle, he received several kicks.