Gibbs doubt for Sp*rs visit, Walcott close to return

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Arsene Wenger says Kieran Gibbs is a doubt for Sunday’s North London derby after injuring his shoulder in the 3-2 win over Ludogorets.

The left-back went midway through the second half on Tuesday night and received treatment before returning to the pitch and finishing the match.

“We have some uncertainties,” Wenger told press on Thursday morning. “Gibs has been touched on his shoulders, we’ll see how he reacts today.”

Gibbs’ potential absence is exacerbated by the fact Nacho Monreal is also struggling for fitness.

“Monreal has tests today and tomorrow and then we’ll decide,” confirmed Wenger.

Santi Cazorla still hasn’t trained since picking up an Achilles problem – “he’ll try and practice today and we’ll go from there” – but Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin could be back.

“Bellerin could have played in Bulgaria,” said Wenger, “I think he should be alright.”

“The closest [of the others] to coming back, looks to be Walcott. He has a test today.”

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