Lucas Perez misses Arsenal training as Sanogo steps up recovery

The Spaniard was absent from the Gunners' training session on Tuesday and isn't expected to travel with the first-team squad to Munich

Lucas Perez was absent from Arsenal’s training session ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first-leg match against Bayern Munich.

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The Spanish forward has had a troublesome ankle injury in recent weeks and missed the recent Premier League match with Chelsea because of the injury.

Perez has averaged a goal every 133 minutes this season and made a brief cameo appearance towards the end of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Hull on Saturday.

But he has generally found game time hard to come by, having started a mere eight of the 17 games he has been involved in this campaign.

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Meanwhile, Yaya Sanogo continued to step up his return from injury and was spotted training separately from the rest of the first-team squad on Tuesday.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger recently revealed that Sanogo, who has not played a competitive game since April when he was on loan at Charlton, is carrying a “confidential” injury and was unable to put a timeframe on when the French forward will be back in the squad.

Wenger will reveal his team news in the pre-match press conference at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night, with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Nacho Monreal both expected to return to the first-team fold.

The Frenchman's side face a mammoth task at the Allianz Arena having failed to progress past the last-16 stage for the past six seasons.