Rob Holding available to return for Arsenal’s clash with Leicester City

Rob Holding is available to return for Arsenal
Rob Holding is available to return for Arsenal (Getty)

Arsenal have been handed an injury boost ahead of their clash with Leicester City on Sunday as Rob Holding is available for selection.

The centre-back was forced off with a head injury in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League last Sunday.

The Gunners used the newly introduced concussion substitution to replace Holding, who went on to miss the 3-2 win over Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

But Arsenal have now confirmed that Holding took part in Saturday’s training session after completing assessments with the medical team.

A statement from Arsenal read: ‘Rob is available for selection following the successful completion of concussion protocol.

‘Since being substituted last Sunday, Rob has been feeling well at all times and has been closely monitored by our medical team every day at London Colney, where he completed his return to play assessments.

‘Rob returned to full training with the squad on Saturday.’

Rob Holding was forced off with a head injury in Arsenal's defeat to Manchester City
Rob Holding was forced off with a head injury in Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City (AFP via Getty)

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta believes Leicester City deserve their place in the top four due to their performances this season.

‘They’ve been really consistent in the league,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘I think they’ve done a lot of good things, there’s not any luck or anything like that in how they’ve developed as a team.

‘Obviously they have a really good manager, a great coaching staff and they have made a lot of good decisions in the last few seasons.

‘They have built a way of playing which is completely suited to their recruitment policy, and with a bit of time the quality that they had already in the team, plus some young talents that they have recruited and experienced players they already have, they have a really good mixture.

‘I think they totally deserve the position they are in at the moment.’

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