Martin Odegaard Injury Update After Twisting Ankle On International Duty For Norway

Martin Odegaard twisted his ankle while on international duty for Norway. (Photo by David S. Bustamante / Soccrates / Getty Images)

Arsenal were left with a big sigh of relief after it was confirmed that the injury suffered by Martin Odegaard in international service is not serious.

Gunners fans were worried on Wednesday night after the loan-form Real Madrid player appeared to painfully twist his ankle before being substituted at half-time in Norway’s 3-0 win in qualifying for the World Cup against Gibraltar.

Odegaard’s absence for an extended period would have been a blow to Arsenal as the 22-year-old has gained influence since moving to north London in January and played a central role in the return draw on Sunday against West Ham.

But not only now does it look like Odegaard is unlikely to miss key matches ahead against Europa League quarter-final opponents Liverpool and Slavia Prague.

But Norwegian coach Stale Solbakken is even optimistic that the player, who wore the captain’s armband against Gibraltar, could be fit to face Group G on Saturday with Turkey, who moved from Oslo to Malaga in Spain in due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

“It’s not a serious injury,” former Wolves coach Solbakken said.

“I have high hopes that Martin will be fit for the game against Turkey on Saturday.”

According to The Mirror, Odegaard himself has brushed aside all injury fears and expects to play against Turke as well.

“I twisted my ankle, but I think I’ll be in good shape for Saturday’s game,” he said.

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