Enduring 90 minutes without Martin Odegaard would’ve been torturous for Arsenal supporters last season, but there hasn’t been too much fuss over his Norwegian’s recent absence.
While Odegaard remains a critical figure in Mikel Arteta’s project, the silky playmaker had endured a pretty frustrating start to the season. The skipper dazzled in wins over PSV and Bournemouth, but fans have often bemoaned his anonymity.
Odegaard was particularly poor in the matches leading up to his first benching of the campaign at home to Sheffield United before he produced a bright cameo in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup defeat at West Ham.
Mikel Arteta told us that his skipper had been playing through an injury before he was dropped against the Blades, and an injury has kept him out of action for the Gunners’ last two outings.
Here’s everything you need to know about Odegaard’s fitness.
What injury has Martin Odegaard sustained?
Odegaard was rested against Sheffield United with a hip injury that he’d been struggling with at the start of the season, and that same issue has left him sidelined before the international break.
How long has Martin Odegaard been injured?
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Odegaard sustained his hip injury, but it appears as if Odegaard had been playing through the pain barrier for weeks before Arteta gave him some respite against the Blades.
His fitness issues might explain why the skipper has often been off-beat so far this season.
When will Martin Odegaard return from his injury?
Arteta said in his pre-match press conference that it’s a “possibility” Odegaard will play against Burnley and will undergo a late fitness test.
The creator has also been selected in the squad for Norway’s upcoming fixtures, but there were reports that Odegaard wouldn’t join up with the national team as a result of his injury. Let’s just wait and see, eh?