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Mikel Arteta issues Granit Xhaka update after Covid bout

Mikel Arteta issues Granit Xhaka update after Covid bout

Mikel Arteta has given a positive update on Granit Xhaka ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool, revealing the midfielder has not suffered too badly at the hands of Covid-19.

Xhaka was diagnosed with the virus last week and, as a result, he missed Sunday’s FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.

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The Switzerland international is a doubt for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Liverpool at Anfield, but Arteta has provided some positive news.

Asked if Xhaka had a lot of symptoms after testing positive, Arteta said: “In Granit’s case, not a lot.

“There are players that have felt different, but he wasn’t a big case.”

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Arsenal are unsure if Xhaka will be able to play at Anfield, but they were hoping to know more by the end of Wednesday.

“There are certain protocols – when the situation started, when you test negative, whether you have symptoms,” Arteta explained.

“Hopefully [Arsenal doctor] Gary [O’Driscoll] will come to me today with a final decision on whether he is entitled to compete tomorrow or not. And it will be down to the test as well.”

Source: EveningStandard

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