Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunner's Chilean star Alexis Sanchez is unlikely to be fit ahead their upcoming game against Stoke.
In a report by the Daily Star, the Arsenal manager said Sanchez will continue his absence from the squad, having also missed the north London side's Community Shield win over Chelsea, and their Premier League opening day thriller in which they beat Leicester 4-3 at the Emirates.
The 28-year-old has returned to full training, but Wenger thinks that the Potters clash will come too soon for the forward.
He said: “For Sanchez it looks a little early but he works hard in training."
Sanchez was given permission to miss the opening weeks of pre-season training due to his involvement in the Confederations Cup and the 28-year-old's return to the club's London Colney HQ was subsequently delayed by illness.
The attacker's continued absence comes amid heavy speculation over his future. Wenger has explicitly denied that the club are going to sell Sanchez in an interview with beIN Sport, despite his refusal to sign a contract extension.
However, the French coach admitted in his pre-Stoke press conference that “no progress” has been made on securing Sanchez's future.
Meanwhile, Shkodran Mustafi and Francis Coquelin have been passed fit for the trip to the Bet365 Stadium.