Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta gives Declan Rice injury update after Tottenham draw

In the North London derby, the England midfielder was substituted by Jorginho at halftime. He was afterwards seen with a bandage on his calf.

Declan Rice, 24, was injured and forced to leave Sunday’s 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Tottenham. Mikel Arteta, the manager of the Gunners, has provided an update.

Jorginho took over as the England midfielder’s starting position at the break, and he was later seen strapping his calf while sitting on the bench to watch the second half.

Arteta’s team took the lead twice in the North London derby thanks to own goals from Cristian Romero in the first half and Bukayo Saka early in the second, but Son Heung-min goals allowed the Gunners to come back each time.

The second of those occurred immediately following Jorginho’s error following the restart, and Arsenal supporters will be hoping Rice will be available again shortly to rejoin the club.

After the game at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta informed reporters, “He had some back discomfort and was telling us during the first half he was uncomfortable.”

The Basque said when asked how long the former West Ham star might be sidelined: “Hopefully not [for long]. We must evaluate him. It’s odd when a player like him requests to leave the field because he feels uneasy. Let’s hope not, but let’s see.

Rice moved to Arsenal from West Ham for an initial £100 million in the summer, and his performances for the Gunners so far this season have won over the supporters.

The most recent issue of FourFourTwo, which can be purchased here with free delivery, features the 24-year-old.

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