Emile Smith Rowe had hoped to start Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Manchester City

Emile Smith Rowe will miss tonight’s FA Cup fourth round match against Manchester City due to a minor training setback.

The 22-year-old has had a frustrating season, making just seven appearances in all competitions.

After losing his spot to Gabriel Martinelli earlier this season, Smith Rowe had to undergo groin surgery after aggravating an existing groin problem during the warm-up following September’s defeat at Old Trafford.

Smith Rowe missed the World Cup as a result, but made his long-awaited comeback against Oxford United earlier this month and came on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago.

According to The Evening Standard, the versatile striker’s recent setback is unrelated to his previous injury and he has been left in London as a precaution.