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Bukayo Saka not a World Cup doubt—Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he hopes the injury sustained by Bukayo Saka in Sunday’s win over Nottingham Forest will not threaten the player’s World Cup participation with England.

Saka was forced off during Arsenal’s 5-0 victory after being tackled by Forest full-back Renan Lodi.

The 21-year-old, England’s men’s player of the year, is expected to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for Qatar.

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“Hopefully not,” Arteta said when asked if Saka was a World Cup doubt.

“It was a bad kick. Right from the beginning he was limping, but I don’t see any further than that. Let’s see how he is in the next couple of days.

“He got kicked a few times and he wasn’t comfortable.”

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England’s first World Cup fixture is against Iran on Monday, November 21.

Saka, who has scored four goals in 20 England caps, was tackled heavily by Lodi in the opening minute against Forest.

He recovered to set up Gabriel Martinelli’s opening goal but twice required treatment before being withdrawn after 27 minutes.

Saka was replaced by Reiss Nelson, who marked his first Arsenal appearance since August 2021 with two goals and an assist.

Nelson has spent time on loan at Hoffenheim and Feyenoord since making his Arsenal debut in 2017 and Arteta praised the 22-year-old for capitalising on a rare opportunity to shine.—BBC

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