Martin Odegaard returned from injuries in Norway’s 2-1 decline from Slovenia on Saturday and could be in line to reclaim his Arsenal spot for the North London Derby
Martin Odegaard will not be continuing a craze of Arsenal gamers returning from worldwide duty earlier than predicted.
The Gunners captain manufactured his return from a calf injuries – handing Mikel Arteta a substantial crew selection enhance for next Saturday’s North London Derby versus Tottenham Hotspur in the method – by starting off and actively playing 71 minutes of Norway’s 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat at the palms of Slovenia.
In reality, Odegaard did give a health and fitness update when talking to Norwegian media outlet Tv set2 ahead of the match and it sounded optimistic: “We can hope so,” he said when questioned if he anticipated to start off. “It feels great so considerably. Certainly [if he is ready to start], I would like to think so.”
Odegaard’s appearance came just several hours soon after it was confirmed that two of his Arsenal teammates have been on their way back to London, with Thomas Partey demanding further assessment on a suspected knee injury, while Takehiro Tomiyasu’s withdrawal from the Japan squad was “due to club circumstances.”
But judging by the 23-year-old’s social media exercise, it would show up that he is not likely to be the 3rd Gunners participant to head back to London Colney in advance of plan as he posted an picture of the Norway national workforce on to his Instagram Stories with the caption that examine: “Ses pa tirsdag”.
That in English translates to a uncomplicated four-phrase message: “See you on Tuesday”. This is the clearest sign that Odegaard will be major his region out in opposition to Serbia as they look for the outcome that secures top rated place in their UEFA Nations League group which also will come with a engage in-off place for Euro 2024 qualification.
There experienced been a scenario that might have authorized Arsenal and Norway to attain a compromise for the playmaker to play just a single of the Nations League fixtures. But for that to have transpired, Stale Solbakken’s aspect wanted to have held on to the guide offered to them by Erling Haaland and hoped for a favour from Sweden from Serbia.
Ultimately neither result went in Norway’s favour and subsequent an Alexander Mitrovic hat-trick in Serbia’s 4-1 gain in excess of Sweden on Saturday, it’s correctly winner can take all on Tuesday at the Ullevaall Stadion in Oslo – whilst the hosts have a slight gain realizing that they just require to keep away from defeat to be promoted to League A.
With that stated, the very good news from an Arsenal standpoint is that Odegaard seems to have arrive by way of the match unscathed and the hope is that he repeats the trick on Tuesday – if picked – in what is shaping up to be two huge games for the midfielder for club and country future 7 days.