Arsenal's injury woes have continued even during the international break following David Ospina's fresh injury blow during Colombia's 3-2 win over Bolivia in their 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Friday. The win puts Los Cafeteros within a point of sealing an automatic qualification place at the World Cup finals in Russia.
According to the London Evening Standard, the Gunners goalkeeper, already recovering from a back injury sustained during the north London club's 2-0 win over Everton, suffered a knock when he collided with a Bolivian player while clearing a cross. Similarly like the game against the Toffees, the former Nice goalkeeper continued to play on until the 90 minute, but was helped off the pitch following the final whistle.
Admitting he was recovering well from his back injury sustained with Arsenal, Ospina may earn Arsene Wenger's fury if he has aggravated the injury by playing for Colombia. The Gunners are already without Petr Cech, who is expected to return after the international break. However, if Cech is unfit for the home Premier League clash against Watford, the manager will have to rely on reserve goalkeeper Matt Macey, who recently signed a new contract with the club.
"I'm already much better, between the day of the injury and today my recovery has been positive. I'm continuing with therapy but the pain is now minimal," Ospina had said, ahead of Colombia's game against Bolivia, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott also suffered a dead leg while training with the England team ahead of their clash against Germany. The England striker is unlikely to feature against the World Cup winners, but could be back for their game against Netherlands on Tueday (29 March).