Arteta provides fitness update on White & Tierney – Arseblog News

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Ben White hasn’t trained since being substituted against Leeds on Tuesday night but he’s hopeful the defender might take part in a session this afternoon ahead of the trip to Leicester.

The Spaniard confirmed earlier in the week that a stomach bug had worked its way through the camp with Pablo Mari also forced to sit out the Carabao Cup clash.

“It was a bit of sickness and just feeling tummy aches and stuff like that,” said Arteta in his pre-game press conference. “Hopefully today everybody will be okay.

On White’s status, he added: “He hasn’t trained yet. We’ll have to wait for today to see how he’s feeling and make the decision.

“There are a few of them haven’t been able to train. We picked up some knocks during the game against Leeds as well. Hopefully today when everybody’s back, we’ll have better news.”

Having sat out the last two games with an injury, it sounds like Kieran Tierney is edging closer to full fitness.

“He’s progressing in training,” said Arteta. “Let’s see again how he is today. He felt a little bit better the last couple of days but he wasn’t 100 per cent to start the other day. Again, we’ll see what happens in the last 48 [editor – presumably he means 24] hours.”


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