Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Apr 2019 10:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal deliver fitness update on Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka ahead of Napoli clash Arsenal are hoping to have Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka available for Thursday’s game against Napoli (Getty Images)Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Granit Xhaka are both being assessed by the club ahead of the Europa League quarter-final first leg against Napoli on Thursday.Koscielny has endured a stop-start campaign having missed the first three months of the season after rupturing his Achilles in May and has been absent since last month’s win against Rennes due to a foot problem.Xhaka, meanwhile, had been a mainstay of Unai Emery’s side until suffering a groin strain at the end of January and aggravating the problem last month. Neither player was available for Sunday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.AdvertisementAdvertisementAfter that game, Emery said: “Maybe Laurent could’ve come back to play today but yesterday we knew it wasn’t possible. I want to be positive for Thursday but it depends how he’s progressing. Xhaka is the same. They are doubts for Thursday.’ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery will be hoping to have both players available for the visit of Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side in order to maximise Arsenal’s chances of getting a positive result at the Emirates prior to the return leg in Naples next week. Arsenal have lost both of their away knockout games in the Europa League this term.Should Xhaka be deemed fit enough to be involved on Thursday night, he is one of three Arsenal players at risk of suspension for the second leg having picked up three yellow cards during the competition. He along with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sokratis Papastathopolous are all one booking away from a suspension.Emery has virtually a full squad to pick from otherwise although Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding all remain long-term absentees.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement
Templederry continue their search for a historic first divisional title after they defeated Silvermines by 25 points to 3-13.In the other semi final at Nenagh, Kildangan were inspired by County senior panellist Darragh Egan who put in a man of the match performance as they overcame Portroe on a scoreline of 2-24 to 1-22.The North Senior hurling final has been fixed for August the 23rd. In West Tipp there was a shock as Knockavilla Kickhams overcame Clonoulty-Rossmore by 3-12 to 1-10 to progress to the divisional hurling decider.In Senior Football Kilsheelan-Kilcash and Clonmel Commercials qualified for the South final.In the first of a double header at Monroe yesterday evening Kilsheelan-Kilcash beat Cahir on a 2-15 to 0-10 scoreline.The Charlie McGeever led Clonmel Commercials were comprehensive 3-18 to 5 point winners over Ardfinnan.