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France defender Laurent Koscielny has become the latest player to be ruled out of this summer’s World Cup after rupturing his Achilles tendon.
The Arsenal centre-back had been managing an issue with his Achilles for at least a year but will now be sidelined for at least six months after undergoing surgery when it ruptured during last week’s Europa League semi-final.
Koscielny, 32, was carried off 12 minutes into Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second leg defeat by Atletico Madrid last Thursday.
France manager Didier Deschamps had already confirmed the centre-back would miss this summer’s World Cup.
“You will not see him until December at best,” said Wenger.
“Koscielny is devastated.
“People have always inflamed tendons but they don’t rupture but in his case it went. I don’t know why.
“The recovery will be full because the advantage of surgery is that it heals the inflammation.”
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