Fright for Arsenal when Martin Odegaard twists his ankle against Gibraltar and is picked up … but Norway’s manager later reveals he should be fit to meet Turkey on Saturday.
- Martin Odegaard injured his ankle during international service with Norway
- Real Madrid tenants twisted his ankle on Wednesday while playing against Gibraltar
- Odegaard tried to continue playing before being substituted at half-time
- But the midfielder is expected to recover in time to face Turkey on Saturday
Arsenal got an injury scare on Wednesday-evening after Martin Odegaard left injured during international service with Norway.
The Real Madrid mercenary twisted Gibraltar 3-0 on Wednesday night only during the first half of their 2022 World Cup qualifier.
Odegaard – who had been selected as captain of his country for the first time – tried to continue playing before being replaced by Stale Solbakken at half-time.
Arsenal player Martin Odegaard injured his ankle during international service with Norway (above)
The Real Madrid mercenary twisted his only against Gibraltar on Wednesday in the first half
But the manager of Norway announced after the game that Odegaard would have to recover in time to face Turkey on Saturday.
‘I have great hope that Martin will be fit for the match against Turkey on Saturday. No serious injury, ”he said.
While the player himself also allayed The Gunners’ concerns by adding: “I twisted my ankle, but I think I will be fit for the game against Turkey.”
The news would have shocked Arsenal as he played a pivotal role in Mikel Arteta’s side
The 22-year-old midfielder played a central role in the selection of Mikel Arteta. After helping Arsenal fight back 3-0 down to claim a point against West Ham, Arteta spoke highly of Odegaard.
He said Odegaard’s performance against their London rivals was “incredible” and that he is an “intelligent” player.
“I think he has done an incredible job,” said Arteta. ‘I think he was very intelligent in the way he read the game, the way he influenced the game and again showed how much he wanted to win.
Arteta would like to finalize his switch from Los Blancos in the summer
‘When everyone was shaking a little, he gave us that stability and that calm on the ball and created chance after chance. He showed that, I think, from week one. The way he steps on the field, he always wants the ball, the way he commands the pressing. He has been really influential.
“I think we are all a little surprised because he looks very shy and humble, but when he enters that field, he is a real character and loves to play football.”
As a result, Arteta is keen to make his move from Los Blancos permanent in the summer transfer window.