Nacho Monreal still has a chance to face Manchester City, according to Unai Emery.
The left back has not played since returning from his World Cup exploits with Spain, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles has stepped into the defensive void after Sead Kolasinac was ruled out for at least eight weeks.
But Nacho has not been ruled out of the Premier League opener next Sunday - yet.
“He arrived with no big injuries, but his knee has a little problem and he’s training everyday but not with the us,” said Emery.
“He’s doing work alone with the physical coach, and running, and we think maybe on Tuesday he can start training with the team.
“We don’t want the injuries but it’s one of those things that you can’t help. We have players like Nacho, but he arrived late from the World Cup and also has a small injury. It’s difficult for him to arrive for the match against Manchester City.
“For us we are trying to help Ainsley play in this position and, for me, I want to give confidence to all my players in their positions, then he can play in this position as best as possible. My confidence in all my players is great.”
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