How many games will Gabriel Martinelli miss with foot injury?

  • Gabriel Martinelli suffered a foot injury vs Sheffield United
  • Brazilian was absent for win over Brentford despite Mikel Arteta's optimism
  • Winger will also miss Tuesday's game against FC Porto

Gabriel Martinelli missed Arsenal's win over Brentford
Gabriel Martinelli missed Arsenal's win over Brentford / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Gabriel Martinell is set to miss Tuesday night's clash against FC Porto due to the foot injury he sustained during Arsenal's 6-0 thumping of Sheffield United on 4 March.

The Gunners take on Porto in the second leg of their round of 16 tie having been beaten 1-0 in the first leg three weeks ago. Martinelli was somewhat to blame for Galeno's late winner as he lazily gave possession away on the counter which allowed Porto to regain possession and set up their winning sequence.

Despite this mishap, Martinelli's presence will be key in Arsenal overturning their deficit on Tuesday night, but will he be ready in time for Porto's visit?

How many games will Gabriel Martinelli miss with foot injury?

Gabriel Martinelli
Martinelli hobbled off at Bramall Lane / Michael Regan/GettyImages

The winger was forced off in the second half against Sheffield United with what Mikel Arteta later described as a "cut" on his foot.

The injury meant Martinelli missed Saturday's victory over Brentford, although Arteta provided an optimistic update pre-match: “Gabi [Martinelli] hasn’t made it. He’s not in the squad. Unfortunately he got a cut on his foot and we’ll try to get him back…with Gabi it’s never too serious because you know how he is.”

The 22-year-old has reportedly suffered quite a significant laceration to his foot as well as a bone bruise and is set to miss out again in midweek - according to The Athletic.

There were murmurs of the winger being on crutches as he walked through the mixed zone after Saturday's win, but that doesn't necessarily indicate a major issue. Nevertheless, with Martinelli missing Tuesday night's game, we won't be seeing the winger in action until after the international break. Arsenal's early FA Cup exit means the Gunners' next game is scheduled for 31 March when they travel to the Etihad for a monster Premier League encounter against Manchester City.

The electric wide man returned from injury in the reverse fixture back in October and scored a deflected late winner to send the Emirates into raptures.