Arse­nal’s Bel­lerin pulls out of Spain Un­der 21s squad

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

BY ADAM CRAFTON/ Hec­tor Bel­lerin has with­drawn from Spain’s Un­der 21s squad, giv­ing Arse­nal an­other in­jury scare over the in­ter­na­tional break.

Bel­lerin was to be as­sessed by Arse­nal’s med­i­cal staff on Thurs­day af­ter suf­fer­ing a re­cur­rence of an an­kle in­jury.

The 21-year-old suf­fered a kick to the an­kle by Tot­ten­ham’s Danny Rose dur­ing the North Lon­don derby on Sun­day but he was hope­ful the prob­lem would re­solve it­self as he trained with the Span­ish U21 squad this week.

How­ever, the pain in the an­kle has per­sisted and he has re­turned home to Lon­don.

Sources close to the player are hope­ful that he it is only a mi­nor prob­lem and that Bel­lerin should not miss any ac­tion for Arse­nal but med­i­cal tests on Thurs­day will shed fur­ther light on the is­sue.

The Gun­ners have al­ready suf­fered one in­jury blow over the break. For­ward Alexis Sanchez suf­fered a ‘low-grade mus­cle tear’ dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion with his na­tion Chile. The 27-year-old has since said he would be avail­able for next week’s game against Uruguay.

Bel­lerin was left out of Arse­nal’s Cham­pi­ons League squad to face Lu­do­gorets last week with Arsene Wenger con­cerned about his fit­ness.

How­ever, he went on to play in the north Lon­don derby against Tot­ten­ham, as­suag­ing those fears, and even man­aged to com­plete the full 90 min­utes.

A photo up­loaded by Bel­lerin to his Snapchat ac­count on Wed­nes­day morn­ing hinted at an­other in­jury.

/REUTERS

Arse­nal’s Hec­tor Bel­lerin in at­ten­tion against Tot­ten­ham’s Danny Rose

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