While much of the focus has been on the fact Stephane Sessegnon has missed the entire preseason through extra rest or injury, Phil Bardsley has also been in the same boat as he injured himself almost immediately upon reentering the Academy Of Light this summer.
Martin O'Neill has revealed to the clubs official website that the Scotland international has undergone surgery on the problem, and will be missing for a prolonged period;
Phil Bardsley has had an operation, that's a real blow for us.
With the article in question suggesting that the defender will miss several weeks. As much as it seems we love to hate Bardsley on these pages, we don't really. We just don't think he's as good as many people make out. That's not particularly a slight on Bardsley, he's a reasonable Premier League defender, not a world-beater.
Anyway, before this get's into that too much, it's certainly a blow, although it looks like Craig Gardner will get the nod at right-back spot for the foreseeable weeks, and he managed to fill in perfectly fine last season.
There's also news on other injured players, with O'Neill providing further updates on the health of Stephane Sessegnon, Wes Brown and the often forgotten about, David Vaughan;
Stephane has done a little bit of training this morning, and hasn't felt any effects. He hasn't been able to do that much but in the course of the next few weeks in terms of the sort of fitness level that he can attain, we hope he gets there pretty quickly.
Wes Brown is feeling a bit better but obviously getting a bit annoyed that injuries have plagued him.
David Vaughan's making progress and he had an operation on his side to cure a problem and he's making good progress out there on the training field, but hasn't joined in with us yet.
So mixed news on that front, but it looks as though Sessegnon will be good for a spot on the bench at Arsenal at the very least, but should he be even close to full fitness, we're sure he'll take a role in the starting lineup.