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Arsenal: Will Zinchenko return to action against Southampton?

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The Ukrainian defender has stayed out of action since suffering a calf injury earlier this month.

Mikel Arteta has hinted that Oleksandr Zinchenko could return to Arsenal’s squad for their upcoming match against Southampton.

Zinchenko sustained a calf injury in Arsenal’s derby win over Tottenham at the start of October. 

The Ukrainian star showed great form after his summer move from Man City. But he’s been able to play only six games so far this season due to injury setbacks.

Speaking in a pre-match press conference, Arteta confirmed a return for Zinchenko could happen as soon as this Sunday.

“I think he is quite close [to returning],” said Arteta in his pre-match press conference. 

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“He’s getting better and better and he is progressing really well.

“He had a setback on that injury that he had at the start of the season which is a shame, but knowing Oleks he will be back very soon.”

When asked about a possible return this weekend, Arteta responded: “I can’t tell you. [Smiling] He’s always in contention.”

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli are also out with injuries, but both of them can return to action against Southampton. 

A victory against the Saints could maintain Arsenal’s four-point lead over Manchester City, who are their closest rivals at the top of the Premier League table.