Ahead of the FA Cup quarterfinals this weekend, both Arsenal and Chelsea have issued updates on injured players.
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The Welshman picked up a thigh injury in the 4-0 FA Cup fifth-round replay win over Hull City in midweek, and the star midfielder is set to miss a crucial time in Arsenal’s season.
“His signs are quite positive,” said manager Arsene Wenger. “At the start I would say four weeks.”
Wenger also confirmed that Gabriel and Per Mertesacker should be available, while his other center back Laurent Koscielny could make a return from injury. Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla all remain out for the next few weeks.
Across London, Chelsea has confirmed that Diego Costa could Saturday’s FA Cup quarterfinal at Everton.
Interim boss Guus Hiddink confirmed that the Spanish international is struggling from a hip problem which forced him off during the 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
“He went off and had some problems,” Hiddink said. “Yesterday he had rest and treatment, today the same, so I will see how he is. It’s in his hip.”
Hiddink also confirmed that Eden Hazard is fit to play despite limping off late on against PSG, but it seems likely that Hazard would only play a bit-part against Everton as he’s been carrying a knock in the past few weeks.
Chelsea’s club captain John Terry (who has been out since Feb. 14) is likely to travel with the squad and could play some part at Goodison Park.
“He worked rather well in the past days and he will be included in the travelling list,” Hiddinnk said. “Of course, he has not practiced a lot in the last weeks and days. I will see today whether there is a reaction to yesterday’s training. I would like him to travel to Liverpool.”