Arsenal have survived fears of injury after Martin Odegaard was injured during an international duty with Norway.
Odegaard, who has impressed since moving from a loan from Real Madrid, played for Norway in the World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday night, but was forced into a half-time.
The midfielder suffered an injury in the 40th minute and had to be replaced by Patrick Berg, who was returning from a break.
After Norway achieved a 3-0 victory against Gibraltar, head coach Ståle Solbakken gave Arsenal fans the news they had been waiting for, confirming that the injury was “not serious”.
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And Odegaard – who was recently awarded captaincy for his national team – has since provided news, reassuring Norwegian and Arsenal fans of his fitness ahead of his country’s appearance with Turkey later this week.
He told 2Sporten: “I sprained my ankle, but I think I will be ready for the game against Turkey on Saturday.”
Like most national teams, Norway has two more qualifiers during this break, facing Montenegro after Saturday’s clash with Turkey.
This means that Arsenal fans will have to nervously wait for two games to see if Odegaard will return to fitness before the final entry into the Premier League.
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The midfielder has been great for the Gunners since joining the loan in the January window, and many Arsenal fans now want to sign him permanently this summer.
But with a layoff clause of just over £ 300m and given that Real Madrid still see Odegaard as a ‘fundamental part’ of their future, it is unlikely that the Gunners fans will make their wish come true.