Saka and Tomiyasu declared fit against Crystal Palace


TWO Arsenal players Bukayo Saka and Takehiro Tomiyasu are reported to be able to return to defend the Gunners when they faced Crystal Palace in the 31st week of the English Premier League at Selhurst Park Stadium, London, Tuesday (5/4)

Quoted from Sky Sports, Friday (1/4), Saka has been declared cured of Covid-19. Meanwhile, Takehiro Tomiyasu is getting closer to recovering from the calf injury he suffered.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said his two players had been in training since yesterday and it was hoped they would be available to face Crystal Palace later.

“Bukayo feels good, he trained today, hopefully he still feels like yesterday. I don’t know how much he has played (with England). Sometimes when a player is in a good moment you don’t want it to stop,” said Arteta.

“That’s how it is, he has COVID and we have to get him out of the national team. He has time to rest and recover, but he will train in the next few days to get back to his best form,” continued Arteta.

Regarding Tomiyasu, Arteta estimates that the Japanese player is getting closer to being able to appear again with Arsenal, including to face Crystal Palace.

The Spaniard explained Tomiyasu has been training continuously and is expected to join the Arsenal squad for several training sessions before Arteta sees his readiness.

“He had repeated injuries, but in the other calf, which was strange and unpredictable. He’s been through a lot in the last two years with all the COVID and the number of games he’s played.”

“The transition to a different league with a completely different intensity. So we can find the right reasons and hopefully not go through that situation again because, especially for him, it’s difficult.” (OL-8)