Positive injury update on Gabriel Magalhaes after picking up a knock on his Brazil debut
After Gabriel Magalhaes looked to sustain an injury on his debut for Brazil against Bolivia on Friday night, a medical professional has assured Arsenal supporters of a positive development. Brazil defeated Bolivia yesterday night by a score of five goals to one to clinch the opening match of their 2026 World Cup qualification campaign. Before being replaced in the 86th minute, the Arsenal center defender played the most of the match.
Gabriel was spotted clutching an ice pack to his leg after making it to the bench, indicating that he had left the field due to an injury. In the first five minutes of the game, Diego Ibanez made a terrible challenge on the 25-year-old, kicking him in the right knee, but he was able to continue for virtually the entire game.
After leaving the game against Bolivia on Friday night, Gabriel was seen walking around with an ice pack on his thigh.
The good news for Arsenal fans, who have already seen Jurrien Timber and Thomas Partey suffer long-term injuries in the early goings of the 2023–24 season, is that it appears to be more or less a dead leg injury rather than anything major like a strained muscle.
Another injured defender is the last thing Mikel Arteta needs, but early indications indicate Gabriel’s injury is not serious, and he may even play for Brazil against Peru in this week’s World Cup qualifier.
In their first matchback following the international break, Arsenal takes on Everton at Goodison Park, a matchup they lost in Sean Dyche’s debut as manager of the Toffees last year.
Given how aggressive Everton likes to play, especially with recent addition Beto in the lineup for the upcoming match, Mikel Arteta will be determined to ensure they get a positive result this time around, and having Gabriel available will go a long way to making that happen.
Gabriel and William Saliba, a fellow center back, formed an excellent partnership last season. Although the Brazilian missed the first three Premier League games for the Gunners due to injury, he is still a crucial member of Mikel Arteta’s squad going forward and is anticipated to start the match at Goodison Park the following weekend if healthy.