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Mesut Ozil Injury: Updates on Arsenal Star's Ankle and Return

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal grimaces during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on August 31, 2014 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2014

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 11

Arsenal announced Mesut Ozil's fitness ahead of Saturday's match:

 

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2

Germany are hopeful Mesut Ozil will be fit for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland, which will come as a boost to Arsenal fans.

Ozil will miss the forthcoming friendly with Argentina, but looks likely to return a few days later, as reported by Reuters via the Daily Mail:

Germany's Mesut Ozil is unlikely to play in the friendly against World Cup finalists Argentina on Wednesday but could be fit for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland on Sunday, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Monday.

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'It looks very tough for Wednesday for Mesut,' Bierhoff said. 'Hopefully, he will be fit for Sunday.'

 

Original Text

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil picked up a knock during his team's 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Sunday, and it was confirmed on Monday the former Real Madrid ace will not be participating in Germany's international friendly against Argentina.

The Associated Press' Rob Harris broke the news:

Ozil played on the Gunners' left wing against the Foxes and spent several minutes down on the pitch clutching his ankles late, but he was able to continue the match after treatment on the sideline.

Arsenal had run out of substitutions and were chasing a late winner at the King Power Stadium, so the 25-year-old powered through the pain and finished the match. Arsene Wenger later confirmed the German international had picked up an injury the club would have to keep an eye on, per ESPN FC's injury expert Ben Dinnery:

Ozil's debut season at the Emirates was marred by injuries, missing 11 total matches, according to Transfermarkt, and the German has hardly featured for the Gunners early in 2014-15 following his late return from the 2014 World Cup.

Wednesday's friendly against Argentina will be a rematch of the final of that tournament, but this early in the season, plenty of stars are expected to pass on a meaningless international match. As shared by FIFA.com, Lionel Messi will join Ozil on the list of players who won't feature:

The decision not to play against La Albiceleste is likely little more than a precaution, as Arsenal will be counting on a fit and healthy Ozil when they host Manchester City after the international break.

Should Ozil miss a significant amount of time, the most likely candidate to replace him out wide would be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who also picked up a knock against Leicester City.

Fans would love to see World Cup hero Joel Campbell get his chance against the Citizens, but with his lack of experience at the Premier League level, Wenger could opt to start veteran Tomas Rosicky instead.

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