The attacker’s participation in this weekend’s showdown against the defending champions is in doubt after he was taken off the field during the first half of our Champions League match on Tuesday night in France, but Mikel gave reporters an update on his status during the pre-game press conference.
The boss stated, “He is in contention; we’ll see how he develops from here to Sunday. Let’s see how he heals. “Obviously he had to leave the pitch [against RC Lens], that’s never good news.”
Bukayo will be hoping that his streak of 87 consecutive Premier League appearances, a club record, continues this weekend after scoring in both of our most recent home games against Manchester City.
Mikel acknowledges that he has given Gareth Southgate the most recent information since he was selected for the England squad for their upcoming games during the international break. Both coaches want to make the most of their players’ talents while guaranteeing that they can continue to perform at their best.
I’ve spoken with Gareth several times, but I need to get my work done, Mikel stated. “I provide him the information and the standing of everyone, and after that, we have excellent communication. He must organize the national team and make the best choice possible.
In addition, Mikel gave an update on Thomas Partey, who was named to the Lens game’s bench despite missing five games due to a groin ailment.
He is certainly ahead of plan, Arteta continued. “We wanted to have him in the squad in case we needed him, but given how the game went, we were short on other things and didn’t play him. Tomorrow, he will be on the team.