Takehiro Tomiyasu, Jurrien Timber – Arsenal injury news and return dates for Man United clash

Gabriel Magalhaes and Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and AFC Bournemouth at Emirates Stadium on May 04, 2024

Mikel Arteta will be putting his players through their paces this week before Arsenal return to action. Manchester United will lock horns with the Gunners at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as the Premier League title race approaches the final straight.

Arsenal will be keen to extend their rich vein of form after enjoying a rampant win over Bournemouth. The north Londoners stormed past Andoni Iraola's side at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, keeping their place at the top of the table.

As for the Red Devils, they suffered a disastrous defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday evening, so Erik ten Hag will be demanding a reaction from his players. So, with that being said, has looked at all the latest injury news from London Colney.

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Tomiyasu was not spotted in training on Tuesday as Arsenal step up their preparations for this weekend's clash. The 25-year-old defender played a full 90 minutes against Bournemouth on Saturday, but he appears to be nursing a knock or illness of some kind. For now though, it remains to be seen exactly why he was absent.

Injury: Unknown.

Potential return date: Manchester United (A) – Sunday, May 12.

What Tomiyasu has said: "Obviously, it won’t be an easy game because it is a tough place to play and take three points. But we are confident and we will be there to get three points –– we will try to get another clean sheet at Old Trafford as well."

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Jurrien Timber

Timber suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on the opening weekend of the Premier League season against Nottingham Forest, missing a large chunk of the season. The 22-year-old defender has recently returned to action, regularly featuring for under-21s.

He helped the young Gunners secure a 2-0 win over Liverpool at the end of last month as he steps up his rehabilitation. After nearly nine months on the sidelines, Timber could finally make his first-team return against United – though a start would be unlikely.

Injury: Knee.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the north London derby, Arteta said: "Yes, everybody is fit and available so now it's the headache to make the right selection. We won’t know that until we throw him [Timber] in there. It’s tricky because there are only three games to go and he has missed eight months of football.

"He’s played only 115 minutes of football with the Under-21s, it’s a question that can only be resolved by throwing him on the pitch and we will see what happens, we have to try to nail that decision when [we take it]."

Potential return date: Manchester United (A) – Sunday, May 12.

Bukayo Saka

After only a quarter of an hour into the Bournemouth clash, Saka was on the end of a brutal pair of tackles from Lewis Cook and Ryan Christie. The Gunners ace received some treatment on a horrible cut to his shin before soldering on.

Injury: Gashed shin.

What Arteta has said: "The one on Bukayo, is it on purpose or not? I don't know so difficult for me to judge."

Potential return date: Manchester United (A) – Sunday, May 12.

Reiss Nelson

Nelson was absent from the matchday squad that faced both Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth. It remains to be seen exactly why the 24-year-old winger was left out despite regularly appearing in first-team training.

He's done well to steer clear of the treatment room this term after missing a few months last season due to a thigh issue. Between December 2022 and February 2023, Nelson missed nine games for Arsenal.

Injury: Unknown.

Speaking to reporters at the start of April, Arteta said: "Look at the example of Reiss. His best moment for Arsenal, it’s a moment where he played a few minutes and made a huge impact and it’s one of the best days in his life as an Arsenal player.

"Nobody remembers if he started or if it was off the bench. There are a lot of examples in world sport where players made the impact. Sometimes you just need a second to change the history of a football club. You don’t need 100 minutes to play football."

Then, this month, Arteta said: "Yes, everybody is fit and available so now it's the headache to make the right selection."

Potential return date: Manchester United (A) – Sunday, May 12.