​Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu to miss RB Leipzig game but Arsenal transfer target set for return

Ethan Ampadu is expected to miss RB Leipzig’s game away to Mainz tomorrow afternoon because of the back injury that has been troubling the teenager since February.

The on-loan Chelsea player is understood to be suffering from growing pains, an issue that his Wales manager Ryan Giggs indicated has proven troublesome for more than a year.

While he is officially rated as doubtful for the game against struggling Mainz, who were hammered 8-0 in the reverse fixture, it is understood that he will not be hurried back by Julian Nagelsmann.

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In any case the Leipzig head coach has only used Ampadu sparingly this season, most notably in the Champions League round of 16 first leg away to Tottenham Hotspur when the German side were facing a defensive injury crisis but still won 1-0.

Dayot Upamecano is expected to return to the middle of Leipzig’s back three after missing last weekend’s draw at home to Freiburg through suspension.

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