Mikel Arteta provides Mat Ryan and Kieran Tierney injury updates after Wolves defeat

The goalkeeper is yet to make his Arsenal debut
The goalkeeper is yet to make his Arsenal debut (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta is sweating on the fitness of backup goalkeeper Mat Ryan after Bernd Leno’s bizarre sending off in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday.

The Gunners had a night to forget at Molineux after both David Luiz and Leno were shown straight red cards, which as it stands, means they will both miss next Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa through suspension.

After going 1-0 up through Nicolas Pepe, Luiz was adjudged to have tripped Willian Jose in the box, and Ruben Neves slotted home the resulting penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Tierney has been absent since January's victory over Newcastle
Tierney has been absent since January’s victory over Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)

Joao Moutinho gave Wolves the lead with a stunning strike from range before Leno’s moment of madness in which he punched away a clearance under little challenge outside of his box, and was rightly sent off.

The German was replaced by stopper Alex Runarsson, who the north London club were considering sending out on loan in January due to his previously error-strewn displays.

The more experienced Ryan was signed from Brighton in the winter window as cover, however, the Australia international failed to make the squad for the Wolves clash due to a hip injury.

Speaking after the defeat at Molineux, Arteta admitted that Ryan has recently been absent from training but is hopeful he can return to action in the next couple of days.

‘He had a muscular issue and in the last two days he hasn’t been able to train,’ Arteta said.

‘Hopefully we can get him back in the next few days.’

Kieran Tierney has also been struggling with a leg issue and has missed Arsenal’s last three league matches.

Arteta conceded the left-back wasn’t anywhere near making the game against Wolves but is again hoping he can make his comeback soon.

‘He wasn’t close at all hopefully in the next few days he feels much better and he can come in the team and help us in this moment we have so many games,’ Arteta added.

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