Ljungberg's hamstring worry
By Rob Haley. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Freddie Ljungberg's hamstring injury is causing doubt over his involvement in Arsenal's game against Aston Villa this Saturday.
He was just one of the fifteen Gunners to be on international duty this week.
The Swedish midfield star has felt a slight strain for the last two weeks but the problem escalated, forcing him off the field during Sweden's 4-1 defeat of Iceland.
"I'll have it examined when I get home. Then I'll have to speak to the boss about it," Ljungberg told Sport Expressen.
"We've got Panathinaikos in the Champions League next week and then (Manchester) United next weekend as well."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is conscious of the busy schedule on the horizon, thus is reluctant to play the 27-year-old.
"I don't know if he is out but he is a doubt," Wenger told Arsenal PLUS.
"We feel that he could cause more damage if he plays but a decision will be made tomorrow."
Although most of the first team squad have returned, the French tactician has more worries for the match with the West Midlands club.
"Gael Clichy also came back (from international duty with the French Under-21s) with an ankle injury.
"Gilberto will be injured until the end of October (with a cracked vertebrae) and Edu is still travelling back so he is out for Saturday as well."
Wenger is sympathetic to his players' busy programme and is not ruling squad rotation out of the question.
"I'll have short chats with the players to see how they feel. There is also of course stress on the international games.
"You look right and left just hoping that everything is alright with the players mentally and physically."