Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice escapes serious injury, undergoing treatment


Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice has escaped serious injury after being forced off on Sunday.

The 24-year-old England international was withdrawn at half-time of the 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur after complaining of a back problem.

Rice has played almost every minute of the season so far following a £105million transfer from West Ham United earlier this summer.

However, he asked to be sent off at the break against Spurs, as Arsenal dropped points for only the second time this term.

“He had a bit of a problem with his back,” manager Mikel Arteta said after the game. “We have to assess him. It’s strange when a player like him asks to come out because he is uncomfortable. “Hopefully it’s not (long-term).”

Tests confirmed that although Rice is still in discomfort, it is not serious and he will continue to be evaluated and treated in the coming days.

Leandro Trossard also missed the North London derby with a slight muscle problem and is ready for more tests, but is expected to be in contention for the weekend. Gabriel Martinelli, who played against Everton, is still undergoing treatment for a hamstring injury.

Bukayo Saka injured his foot against Spurs but it is not thought to be serious, while Thomas Partey is out with a groin injury but is making good progress in his recovery.

Jurien Timbers, who joined the club in the summer window, suffered a long-term side injury after suffering a serious knee injury in the opening game of the season.

Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League table.

They return to action against Brentford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before traveling to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

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Without Declan Rice, Arsenal’s lack of physicality in midfield cost them against Spurs

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