Arsenal without Holding but could welcome back Koscielny for Huddersfield


ARSENAL will be without Rob Holding for their game against Huddersfield but may welcome back Laurent Koscielny from injury.

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Holding suffered an ACL injury against Manchester United midweek and will miss up to nine months, requiring surgery to fix the issue.

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However, Unai Emery could be boosted by the return of Koscielny from his long-term injury – which caused him to miss France’s triumphant World Cup campaign.

Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are other injury concerns for Arsenal – and will go through fitness tests just hours before the game.

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka will be available for the Gunners after returning from his suspension.

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On the team news, Emery claimed: “Tomorrow [Ramsey] will train before the game on Saturday and that’s the moment you can know if the players will be OK or not.

Rob Holding is out for the season after rupturing his ACL against United
Rob Holding is out for the season after rupturing his ACL against United

“We are gradual with [Koscielny]. He’s played two matches with the under-23s. He played 85 minutes on Tuesday.

“Our plan is that he can maybe be with us in the 18 on Saturday. Maybe he can play against Qarabag in the Europa League.”

Meanwhile, Abdelhamid Sabiri is out with a broken collarbone for Huddersfield, while Phil Billing and Steve Mounie are banned.

Chris Lowe is fit after a shoulder injury.