Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal’s latest injury blow ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixture.
Arsenal are preparing for a crunch match-up with Liverpool who have also seen their title hopes derailed in recent weeks.
Injuries have been one of the stand-out issues for the Gunners as the club looks to avoid a second straight campaign without a trophy.
Mohamed Elneny, who recently returned from duty with the Egyptian national team at the Africa Cup of nations, is the latest man to go down after picking up an ankle problem in the FA Cup tie against Sutton United.
And according to the Arsenal manager, the midfielder is set to be sidelined for the next three weeks, meaning he is unlikely to feature until April due to the international break later this month.
“Elneny has an ankle problem that should be sorted out in three weeks.” Wenger told the media ahead of the trip to Anfield.
“He got injured at Sutton and will not be available for Saturday’s game.”
The absence of Elneny will mean Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could continue to be deployed in the central midfield role where he has impressed in recent games.
Fixtures against Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Lincoln City and West Bromwich Albion are what the Egyptian star is expected to miss.