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    Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka reveals injury return timeline amid potential midfield crisis

    Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka reveals injury return timeline amid potential midfield crisis

    AFCON calling imminently

    Now in November, Arsenal are one month and two days away from their African stars departing for the African Cup of Nations, which they are due to do on Boxing day.

    For the Gunners, this will see them lose both Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from their forward line.

    It is in midfield, however, that the problems begin to mount. Both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are due to be away for up to month, and miss up to seven Arsenal fixtures depending on how far their respective nations get in the competition.

    At present then, this will leave Arsenal with just Ainsley Maitland-Niles and summer signing Sambi Lokonga as senior options in central midfield, thanks to a Granit Xhaka injury sustained in the North London derby victory at the end of September.

    Or will it?

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    Granit Xhaka issues positive update

    There were fears Granit Xhaka could be out for the season when he limped off the pitch against Tottenham, following an innocuous challenge with Lucas Moura just before the Spurs goal.

    However, these fears have been somewhat allayed by the club, who revealed that Xhaka is aiming to be back in full training by January.

    Xhaka, however, has provided even better news. Speaking to a Borussia Monchenglabach fan podcast (relayed via Blick), the Switzerland captain revealed:

    “I hope to celebrate my comeback as soon as possible. I’ve been gone seven weeks and a few days now.”

    He then offered a comeback plan, saying:

    “The bone was also broken twice. The problem with the bone is that it takes so long. I hope to be back in the next three or four weeks.”

    This will come as music to the ears of Arsenal fans, with four weeks being around the time that they are set to lose their African players.

    Xhaka would be a welcome return.

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    # Team MP D P
    1 Chelsea FC 12 26 29
    2 Manchester City 12 19 26
    3 Liverpool FC 12 24 25
    4 West Ham United 12 9 23
    5 Arsenal FC 12 -4 20
    6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 0 19
    7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
    8 Manchester United 12 -1 17
    9 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -2 17
    10 Crystal Palace 12 1 16
    11 Everton FC 12 -3 15
    12 Leicester City 12 -5 15
    13 Southampton FC 12 -3 14
    14 Brentford FC 12 -1 13
    15 Aston Villa 12 -4 13
    16 Watford FC 12 -4 13
    17 Leeds United 12 -8 11
    18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
    19 Norwich City 12 -20 8
    20 Newcastle United 12 -12 6
    Player Team Goals
    Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
    Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
    Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
    Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
    Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
    Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
    Raphinha Leeds United 5
    Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
    Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 4
    James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
    Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
    Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
    Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
    King, Joshua Watford FC 4
    Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
    Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
    Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
    Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
    Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 4
    Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4

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