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Ben White returned to England earlier this week

Ben White returned to England earlier this week (Image: Getty)

Not from Arsenal The World Cup players will fly to Dubai on Sunday for a warm-weather training camp without Ben White.

The 25-year-old defender was included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for Qatar after an impressive start to the season with Arsenal.

White did not feature in England’s first two Group B games and missed Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Wales due to illness.

A statement from the Football Association said: “Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.

“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy be respected at this time.”

Whether or not White makes the squad at a later date remains to be seen, but Emile Smith Rowe, injured since September, will be part of the squad as he steps up his rehabilitation from a groin injury.

Arsenal are expected to name at least 10 Academy players in the tour party ahead of friendlies against Lyon and AC Milan.

Emile Smith Rowe is stepping up his recovery from injury

Emile Smith Rowe is stepping up his recovery from injury (Image: Getty)

Arsenal are in talks with Brazil over Gabriel Jesus’ early release from the World Cup after their star striker suffered a tournament-ending knee injury.

The 25-year-old started his first game of the competition against Cameroon last night, but was substituted in the 64th minute after failing to end his 14-match scoring drought.

After the game, Jesus is understood to have complained of pain in his right knee and underwent scans on Saturday morning.

Gabriel Jesus suffered a knee injury during Brazil’s defeat against Cameroon (Image: Getty)

The results of those tests confirmed that Jesus had suffered an injury that would rule him out of the rest of the World Cup and early indications suggest he could miss at least one of Arsenal’s games over the Christmas period.

According to ESPN, Jesus is expected to remain with the Brazil squad to undergo further tests, but Arsenal’s new sporting director Edu is already in contact with compatriot Juninho in the hope of negotiating an early return from the front in north London.

A statement from the Brazilian FA said: “As announced by the Brazilian FA after the game against Cameroon, players Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus underwent tests on Saturday morning.

“Accompanied by the doctor of the Brazilian national team, Rodrigo Lasmar, they underwent an MRI of the right knee which confirmed the injuries and the impossibility of recovery in time to participate in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

“The coordinator of the Brazilian national team, Juninho Paulista, is in contact with the sporting directors of Arsenal and Sevilla to define whether Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesús will remain with the squad in Doha to continue their treatment or return to their clubs” .

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