Martin Odegaard missed Arsenal’s last two matches due to incident in training
Martin Odegaard has missed two Arsenal fixtures after being hit in the face with a ball during training.
The Gunners skipper and Norway international was reportedly sidelined due to concussion having been incidentally struck in the head during a session to miss their games against Newcastle and Sevilla.
The 24-year-old is also struggling with a hip injury that played a part in him missing the win over Burnley, but it was the London Colney accident that ruled him out of the two previous games.
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The Daily Mail report news of the concussion scare and say that he was immediately withdrawn from the team to face Newcastle after a check-up.
Current concussion rulings say that players must have six days of rest and then be completely without symptoms before returning.
The report adds that Odegaard will skip the international break with Norway and remain in England as they take on the Faroe Islands and Scotland.
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Arsenal fans can expect their captain to return after the international break for their Premier League trip to take on Brentford before the visit of Lens in the Champions League.
Arteta said when asked when the playmaker might return before the break: "I don’t know.
"I’m going to have a meeting now with the medical department and Edu to understand everybody’s situation.
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"I think he’s going to be back after the international break, but I don’t know exactly what’s the decision and the communication at the moment."
Arsenal sit third in the Premier League and a point behind leaders Manchester City, one ahead of rivals Tottenham.
Their first defeat of the season came against Newcastle eight wins including Manchester United and City.
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