Arsenal defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka has revealed that he’s been suffering with an Achilles injury since the start of the 2019/20 season.
The 26-year-old midfielder has played for Switzerland’s side at Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar on Sunday night, however, played only 74 minutes before being replaced by Ruben Vargas in a comfortable 4-0 win.
Admir Mehmedi, Denis Zakaria, Mario Gavranovic and Ricardo Rodriguez all found the net for Switzerland.
Xhaka suffered bruising to his lower back and leg in the Gunners opening games of the English top-tier against Newcastle and missed their next game against Burnley.
Though Xhaka has started every game since he claims that he has been playing with an Achilles injury.
‘I’ve been suffering from Achilles tendon pain for a few weeks now. I felt it during the game,’ he said following Switzerland’s win.
‘It hurts now, but it should be okay otherwise.’
Xhaka was widely criticised for his performance in the north London derby after a clumsy challenge on Son Heung-min allowed Harry Kane to double Tottenham’s lead.
The ex-Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder defended his display at the Norht London club, with Gary Neville has criticised his form thus far.
Asked about Neville’s strong words following the 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, Xhaka told Swiss publication Blick: ‘It’s part of football, there are a lot of people that talk a lot.
‘I cannot influence anything and I do not want to. It is not my business. ‘My job is to perform on the pitch.’