Arsenal have survived an injury scare after Martin Odegaard was injured during international duty with Norway.
Odegaard, who has impressed since his loan move from Real Madrid, played for Norway in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night, but he was forced off at half-time.
The midfielder picked up an injury in the 40th minute, and he had to be replaced with Patrick Berg returning from the break in his place.
After Norway completed a 3-0 win against Gibraltar, head coach Ståle Solbakken gave Arsenal fans the news they were waiting for, confirming the injury was ‘not serious’.
And Odegaard – who was recently awarded the captaincy for his national team – has since provided an update, reassuring Norway and Arsenal fans over his fitness ahead of his country’s fixture with Turkey later this week.
He told 2Sporten: “I twisted my ankle, but I think I will be fit for the game against Turkey Saturday.”
As with most national teams, Norway have another two qualifiers during this break, facing Montenegro after Saturday’s clash with Turkey.
That means Arsenal fans will have to wait nervously through two games to see if Odegaard returns fit ahead of the final run-in in the Premier League.
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The midfielder has been excellent for the Gunners since joining on loan in the January window and many Arsenal fans now want to see him signed permanently this summer.
But with a release clause of just over £300million and with Real Madrid still seeing Odegaard as a ‘fundamental piece’ of their future, it’s unlikely Gunners fans will get their wish.