Norway manager Stale Solbakken gives update on Arsenal loan star Martin Odegaard after injury scare on international duty

The midfielder appeared to roll his ankle
The midfielder required treatment on the pitch (Picture: AP)

Norway boss Stale Solbakken has played down the severity of Martin Odegaard’s injury picked up on international duty and is hopeful he will be able to call upon the midfielder against Turkey on Saturday.

Odegaard, who is impressing on his six-month loan spell at Arsenal from Real Madrid, was forced off at half-time of Norway’s World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar on Wednesday night.

With five minutes left to go of the first half, the midfielder, who was captaining his country for the first time, appeared to twist his ankle and required treatment on the field.

Odegaard has been a key creative force in Arteta's side
Odegaard has been a key creative force in Arteta’s side (Picture: Getty Images)

The 22-year-old tried to carry on playing before eventually being taken off at half-time by Solbakken.

But the Norway boss has allayed fears over the severity of the playmaker’s injury.

‘It is not a serious injury,’ Solbakken said after his side’s 3-0 win over Gibraltar.

‘I have big hopes that Martin will be fit for the game against Turkey on Saturday.’

Odegaard was also positive over his chances of playing in Norway’s next World Cup qualifier against Turkey this weekend.

‘I twisted my ankle, but I think I will be fit for the game on Saturday,’ Odegaard said.

Odegaard caught the eye of his manager Mikel Arteta last weekend as the midfielder helped the Gunners fight back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with West Ham at the London Stadium.

The Spanish boss, who is said to be keen on keeping the Norway international beyond this season, heaped praise on Odegaard for his ‘incredible’ display against the Hammers.

‘I think he had an incredible performance,’ Arteta said. ‘I think he was very intelligent the way he read the game, the way he affected the game and again he showed how much he wanted to win.

‘When everyone was a little trembling he gave us that stability and that composure on the ball and he created chance after chance. He’s been showing that, I think, from week one. The way he steps on the pitch, he always wants the ball, the way he commands the pressing. He’s been really influential.

‘I think we’ve all been a bit surprised because he looks really shy and humble, but when he steps on that pitch he’s a real character and he loves to play football.’

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