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Martin Odegaard makes early injury return

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By DailyCannon

Arsenal’s Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard applauds the fans following the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 31, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Norwegian outlet TV2 reported before the game that they understood Martin Odegaard was healthy after his injury setback, and set to start away to Slovenia on Saturday and that’s exactly what happened.

The Arsenal captain played 71 minutes, picking up a 7.0 rating, before being replaced by Fredrik Aursnes.

Odegaard’s fitness status was questionable earlier in the week, but he had been training fully in recent days, allowing him to feature this weekend.

Concerns over Odegaard started after he was excluded from Arsenal’s travelling squad to face Brentford last weekend.

The player had been in training up until a day before that game, but a calf problem ended up keeping him out of the match.

Norway manager Stale Solbakken told the media “nothing has been decided” when asked about the part Odegaard was set to play over the international break, suggesting that the 23-year-old would at least be involved in helping to coach the team if he couldn’t play.

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal interacts with the crowd following the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on August 20, 2022. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The fact that Odegaard did indeed return to the pitch against Slovenia, in a game Norway lost 2-, suggests the problem was nothing serious, which is good news for Arsenal.

With only a week until the men’s north London derby, it’s going to be important to have as many players as possible available for the game.

Source: Daily Cannon.