Aaron Ramsey could be ruled out for six weeks with a thigh strain, but Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to return.
Ramsey suffered the injury against Hull City in the FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday, with the midfielder having to be replaced in the second half.
Manager Arsene Wenger was in “shock” after Ramsey was one of three Arsenal players to be injured against the Championship side in their 4-0 victory.
And widespread reports on Thursday claim the Wales midfielder could face six weeks on the sidelines, ruling him out for almost the remainder of the season.
The Daily Mail are among those reporting as such, with Sami Mokbel writing that Ramsey was assessed on Wednesday, and will face a further examination on Thursday to fully discover the extent of the injury. But initial fears are that he will be ruled out until late April at the earliest.
Mokbel adds that while fellow absentee Laurent Koscielny is likely to recover from a calf problem to face Watford on Saturday, it is more likely left-back Nacho Monreal will feature as a central defender.
With Ramsey adding to the list of midfield injuries at the Emirates Stadium including Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, some good news could be delivered with regards to Wilshere.
The England international has not featured for the Gunners since last season’s FA Cup final in May, having suffered a hairline fracture in his leg back in August. Initial reports ruled the 24-year-old out for only three months, but his recovery has taken far longer than expected. But Mokbel claims that Wilshere ‘could be available again following the forthcoming international break.’