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Is Bukayo Saka injured? Latest news on Arsenal star’s availability for Man City Premier League game

Bukayo Saka’s workload this season has been a constant talking point as Arsenal battle for major honours at home and abroad.

The livewire winger needing treatment during matches after taking a heavy tackle or two has been a regular sight.

However, Saka has bounced back time and again, scoring 13 goals and laying on eight assists in 27 Premier League appearances in 2023/24.

The 22-year-old has been a standout performer in the Gunners’ title change. Indeed, the only game he has missed in the top flight this season was the battling 1-0 victory over champions Manchester City at Emirates Stadium last October.

After sitting out England’s friendlies against Brazil and Belgium over the past week, it remains to be seen whether Saka will be ready for this weekend’s mouthwatering return clash at the Etihad Stadium.

MORE: Man City vs Arsenal lineups, starting 11, team news

Is Bukayo Saka injured?

Saka reported for duty with England at the start of the international break nursing a muscular complaint and he was released to continue his recovery with his club.

“Bukayo Saka has left the England camp and returned to his club for continued rehabilitation,” an England statement read on March 21. “The Arsenal forward reported to St. George’s Park with an injury and has been unable to participate in training.”

Will Bukayo Saka play against Man City?

Given the recovery period allowed, hopes are tentatively high that Saka will be involved against City, with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta set to give a more detailed update at his pre-match news conference.

Bukayo Saka record vs. Man City

Arsenal ended a near eight-year wait for a Premier League victory over City when they prevailed in Saka’s absence earlier in the season.

As such, the player’s career record against the reigning champions makes for grim reading: played nine and lost nine in the Premier League.

Saka did play in this season’s Community Shield at Wembley and laid on Leandro Trossard’s deflected late equaliser in a 1-1 draw before the Gunners won on penalties. When Arteta’s men beat City in a behind-closed-doors FA Cup semifinal in 2020, he was an unused substitute.

Nevertheless, his absence would be an undoubted boost to a City squad nursing a hefty list of defensive fitness concerns. Saka has two goals against Guardiola’s men, from each of Arsenal’s home defeats in the fixture in the previous two seasons.

Arsenal injury news

Gabriel Martinelli was Arsenal’s matchwinner against City earlier in the campaign but missed out on international duty with Brazil due to the cut foot he suffered during the 6-0 rout of Sheffield United.

Compatriot Gabriel Magalhaes withdrew from duty with the Selecao as a precaution due to an inflamed Achilles.

Arteta could be boosted by the availability of Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey this weekend after each featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly during the break.

Premier League 2023/24 TV channels, live streams

Region TV Streaming
Australia Optus Sport

Fubo Canada

India Star Sports Disney+, Hotstar,
UK Sky Sports, TNT Sports NOW TV, Sky Go,
Amazon Prime
USA USA Network,
Telemundo, Universo
Fubo, Peacock

UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and TNT Sports streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.

USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on Fubo. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streamed exclusively via Fubo in Canada.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.

India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).

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