Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal: 3 Gunners Players Miss Training Ahead of Europa League Cracker

Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal: 3 Gunners Players Miss Training Ahead of Europa League Cracker

Fred Kennedy
March 9, 2023 at 9:52 AM
  • Arsenal are scheduled to take on Sporting Lisbon in the round of 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night
  • The Gunners are understood to have taken their trip to Portugal without three key players, including Nketiah
  • However, Gabriel Jesus could be in contention after he was spotted in training ahead of the clash

Arsenal could miss the services of a number of key players when they take on Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night, March 9.

The two teams are scheduled to face off in the first of the round of 16 Europa League clashes at Stadio Jose Alvalade.

The Gunners will take the trip to Portugal off a fantastic run of form, especially in the Premier League, where they have won 20 of their last 26 matches.

Arsenal, Sporting Lisbon, Europa League, Leandro Trossard, Kieran Tierney, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus.
Arsenal players in action during a first-team training session at the Arsenal Training Centre. Photo by John Walton.
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However, Metro UK reports that the Premier League leaders are set to be without the trio of Leandro Trossard, Eddie Nketiah, and Kieran Tierney for the trip to Sporting Lisbon.

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Trossard is understood to be battling a groin injury suffered during his side's 3-2 epic comeback win over Bournemouth.

Nketiah, meanwhile, is said to be having an ankle problem, with Tierney out with illness.

Arsenal get Jesus boost

Despite the absence of the trio, Arsenal have been boosted by the return of Gabriel Jesus.

Jesus has been out injured since the World Cup and was forced to have knee surgery to help his recovery.

The Brazilian forward has missed the better part of the second half of the 2022/23 season as he worked his way to full fitness.

However, the former Man City ace is closing in on a return to action after he was spotted in Arsenal training ahead of the Sporting Lisbon clash.

It remains to be seen if the star forward will be involved in the match.

Jorginho's mum reduced to tears

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that a video of Jorginho's mother getting emotional after she spotted the midfielder's shirt in the Arsenal dressing room has emerged.

Jorginho sealed a sensational move to the Emirates during the January transfer window, swapping Chelsea for Arsenal.

Jorginho's mum, Maria Tereza Freitas, recently travelled to London from Brazil to visit her star son.

It was during the visit that she was given a trip around Arsenal, Jorginho's newest home, for weeks now.

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