Arsenal’s rising star, Bukayo Saka, is still grappling with a nagging Achilles injury that troubled him during the previous season, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Hailing from Arsenal’s Hale End academy, Saka has emerged as one of Europe’s premier right wingers in recent years. Last season, he showcased his prowess by notching up 14 goals and contributing 11 assists in the Premier League. Despite being only 22 years old, Saka holds a pivotal role in both Arsenal and the England national team.
However, it raised eyebrows when Saka was relegated to the bench for Tuesday night’s friendly encounter against Scotland. The reason behind this unexpected decision, it is claimed, was a persistent Achilles issue that has been plaguing the young football prodigy.
Gareth Southgate, the manager of the England national team, had previously disclosed this Achilles problem back in June, following Saka’s memorable hattrick against North Macedonia.
Speaking about Saka’s remarkable performance after that match, Southgate stated, “We weren’t surprised by the first one; that’s how he’s been all week. We hadn’t seen the second one coming. I am delighted for him. He’s had a slightly sore Achilles, and it’s another one where it would have been easy to pull out of the camp and miss out on a night like this that I’m sure will live with him forever.”
Southgate went on to explain the nature of the injury, saying, “He’s had it for a few weeks. It is an injury that just needs managing… when you’ve had one of the best nights of your life, it’s a reminder that it’s worth going through these things.”
The presence of Saka on the bench during the England-Scotland friendly serves as a precautionary measure to ensure the talented player’s long-term fitness and well-being.
As Saka continues to wrestle with his Achilles ailment, both Arsenal and England fans will be eagerly awaiting updates on his recovery and return to top form on the football pitch.
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