Ahead of the World Cup, Martin Odegaard played in a couple of friendlies last week. The Arsenal captain completed 90 minutes and provided an assist against the Republic of Ireland, before getting another full 90 against Finland.
The Norwegian media praised the midfielder as a bright spark in an otherwise disappointing 1-1 draw on Sunday, but they also raised concerns about the Arsenal man’s fitness.
According to abc/nyheter, Odegaard took a hit towards the end of the match and was clearly in pain. The player skipped the interview zone, and he could be seen limping onto the player bus as one of the last of the squad to leave the stadium.
The issue is reportedly an ankle problem, but there are few other details available at the moment.
Odegaard isn’t set to play another competitive fixture for over a month, due to the World Cup break, but he was meant to play in a number of friendlies with Arsenal in the coming weeks.
The Gunners are set to kick off their mid-season campaign with a behind-closed-doors match against Watford next week, followed by facing Lyon and Milan in Dubai, and reportedly returning to play Juventus at the Emirates Stadium.
How much of that schedule Odegaard is able to feature in will now depend on the severity of his injury problem.
With any luck, it was just a knock at the end of the game that he was still feeling afterwards and he won’t miss a minute.