Norway look set to be without their star Martin Odegaard for their upcoming internationals this week.
Odegaard is ‘not doing well’ according to Norway manager Stale Solbakken, who went on to say that ‘it’s a matter of getting a final decision on whether he can be in both or one game.’
When asked if he expected Odegaard to be available for selection for Norway’s upcoming Nations League games against Slovenia and Serbia, the international boss cast doubt over the Arsenal man’s recovery.
Odegaard missed last Sunday’s game against Brentford, being replaced by Fabio Viera in the Gunners’ starting XI.
Spurs fans will hope that the Arsenal captain’s recovery is not too swift and that he will be forced to sit out the North London Derby, as the Norweigian playmaker has been in fine form so far this season.
Solbakken told TV2 (as relayed by the Evening Standard): “We are in regular dialogue with him and (Mikel) Arteta and Arsenal’s health sector, as it is called in Danish. Nothing has been decided there, so there is still hope.
“They are the ones who have had ‘hands on him’ up until now, and they are in dialogue.
“He’s not doing well now. Now it’s a matter of getting a final decision on whether he can be in both or one game. We’ll certainly see him in Norway, either as a player or a ‘fourth coach’.
“It means a lot to have him.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I would be more than happy to see Arsenal without Odegaard in the North London Derby as he has been pulling the strings for the Gunners at times this season. That being said, you have to be confident in your ability to beat whatever XI is put in front of you.
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