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The teenage Japanese flyer was part of the Gunners' squad for their Far East pre-season tour but was far from his best in a half of action against Kitchee

Japanese starlet Ryo Miyaichi's hopes for a big pre-season prior to the new Premier League campaign have suffered a blow after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed he's battling an ankle injury.

The 19-year-old, who made 14 appearances on loan at Bolton last season, has returned to the Gunners for this term with high hopes about challenging for a first-team spot.

Miyaichi had been included in Arsenal's squad for their Far East pre-season tour but only managed to play the first half of Sunday's 2-2 draw with Kitchee in Hong Kong, when he looked far from best.

The Japanese had also failed to play against Manchester City in Friday's 2-0 loss in Beijing.

Speaking after Sunday's draw with Kitchee, Wenger told reporters Miyaichi has been battling an ankle injury.

"He had an ankle problem and we were not sure to play him. We did not play him against Manchester City because he is not 100 per cent at the moment, physically," Wenger said.

"I think you could see that he is not at his best at the moment. I think he needs two or three more weeks work to come back to his best."

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