Arsenal have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their upcoming clash against Watford in the Premier League. David Ospina showed no signs of an injury he picked up during Colombia's World Cup qualifier win over Bolivia on Thursday (24 March). The former Nice stopper played the entire 90 minutes in their second qualifier game against Ecuador, which they won 3-1 on Tuesday (29 March) night. Petr Cech has also confirmed that he will return to action after the ongoing international break.
Ospina suffered an injury during the north London club's 2-0 win over Everton just before the international break, but has confirmed that it was not serious while undergoing therapy back in his homeland. Ospina started their first qualifier game against Bolivia despite the injury and according to the London Evening Standard, he suffered a fresh knock during the clash and had to be helped off the pitch at the end of the game. All injury fears have now been allayed after he completed the entire game against Ecuador.
The Czech Republic international, who was named his country's player of the year for a record eight time, has confirmed that he will return to action following the international break. The former Chelsea stopper suffered a calf injury during Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Watford in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and his return will be a big boost as the Gunners hope to keep alive their hopes of challenging for the Premier League title when they take on the Hornets at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday (2 April).
"I should be fine after the national team break. It's nothing serious. I'm still motivated and excited for each training session," Cech told Czech publication MF Dnes, as translated on his official website.
Cech, meanwhile, is hoping that the good run for his country in the upcoming European Championship finals in France can inspire younger players to dream of playing for the nation and in the big leagues around Europe. The former Chelsea goalkeeper cited the Czech Republic's progress to the final at Euro '96 as his inspiration to want to play at the top level and represent his homeland.
"It's amazing how tournaments like that can open up opportunities, not only for the players who played but also for younger players and the new generation," Cech told Arsenal's official site.
"This [summer's tournament] is a huge opportunity for those guys who dreamed about going abroad, playing in big leagues. We have some in Germany, some in Turkey, me and Tomas are the only ones currently in the Premier League."
"It's a huge opportunity for us to show that we can play at the highest level. Maybe it can help open more doors for the younger generation," he added.