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Alexandre Lacazette injury update as Arsenal striker edges nearer return

Alexandre Lacazette will once again be absent from the Arsenal squad for their Europa League clash with Standard Liege tomorrow night.

But the injured striker is edging towards a return to action, with a comeback anticipated later this month.

Arsenal had suggested Lacazette would be back around late October.

And the France international forward is still expected to figure for Unai Emery’s team by then.

Lacazette is continuing with his rehab as he bids to make a full recovery for after the upcoming international break.

Injury analyst Ben Dinnery says the 28-year-old is expected to return to the pitch later this month.

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Arsenal have a number of games for Lacazette to target a comeback in.

The Gunners’ first match after the October internationals comes at Bramall Lane on Monday 21 as they travel to face Sheffield United in the Premier League .

That encounter is more than likely going to come too soon for the No.9.

Arsenal then host Vitoria in the Europa League on Thursday 24, which possibly has potential for Lacazette to be a part of the squad.

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And the current likeliest return date for Lacazette comes on Sunday 27 for the league visit from Crystal Palace.

Emery will need the former Lyon goalscorer fit and firing the following week too as Arsenal face Liverpool at Anfield in their Carabao Cup fourth round tie.

The trip to Merseyside is still awaiting confirmation of a date but is expected to be on Wednesday, October 30 due to Arsenal playing on the Sunday before.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both scored in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley last weekend

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had to fill the void as Arsenal’s lone frontman in the meantime.

But he has coped with the pressure well, having scored in every Premier League match so far this season.

Aubameyang is expected to lead the line again tomorrow, with Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka potentially supporting him in attack as they did in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Monday night.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/alexandre-lacazette-injury-update-arsenal-20389476

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