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William Saliba expects to face Chelsea as Arsenal optimistic over Leandro Trossard injury


Senate defender William Saliba is confident he will be fit for next week’s London derby against Chelsea after withdrawing from the France squad.

Saliba played the full 90 minutes on Sunday as Arsenal beat Manchester City 1-0, but he was replaced in the France squad by Jean-Clair Todibo due to a toe injury.

It is understood that Saliba did not pick up the problem against City and has been dealing with it for several weeks.

The defender was able to cope with the pain, but was left out of the squad against Brentford in the Carabao Cup last month.

It is hoped that Saliba can recover more by taking time off now during the international break instead of joining France.

The 22-year-old is one of several Arsenal players who will remain at the club during the break to recover from fitness issues.

Leandro Trossard has withdrawn from the Belgian squad after injuring his hamstring against City on Sunday.

Rest and recovery: Arsenal defender William Saliba will not join the French team

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He was replaced by Antwerp’s Arthur Vermeeren, although there is optimism that Trossard’s injury is not serious and his withdrawal is more of a precautionary measure.

Gabriel Martinelli will not join Brazil either. The winger was not fit when the squad was announced last month, but he is back playing now.

Martinelli scored the winner on Sunday against City, but he only returned to training late last week and is still fully fit.

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