‘Concerned’ Arteta offers Smith Rowe injury update after Arsenal win

Smith Rowe started for the Gunners at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, but was withdrawn three minutes before the interval and replaced by Martin Odegaard after appearing to suffer a hip issue.

The 20-year-old was one of three players to be taken off injured in the match, with Leicester’s Harvey Barnes carried off on a stretcher and experienced Foxes defender Jonny Evans also hurt.

Providing an update on Smith Rowe specifically, Arteta said: “I’m concerned because for Emile to come out and say, ‘I cannot continue playing’… It should be something related to his hip.

“I don’t know how bad he is but he was in a good place after the game.”

Academy graduate Smith Rowe has made a key breakthrough at Arsenal this season after previous loan spells at RB Leipzig and Huddersfield Town, scoring five goals and registering six assists in 23 appearances across all competitions so far in 2020/21.

Arteta will hope the so-called ‘Croydon De Bruyne’ is not sidelined for long, with Arsenal’s tough upcoming schedule including their Europa League reunion with Olympiacos and a north London derby against Tottenham as well as other heavyweight Premier League clashes with the likes of West Ham and Liverpool.

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