Arsenal’s injury woes are set to progress on a downward spiral as reports have emerged that Laurent Koscielny has been sent home from the French team for their friendly games this week due to concerns about his Achilles tendon.
The 29 year old defender has had issues with tendinitis even before the World Cup in Brasil and his condition has been under surveillance by Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal medical team. The manager has had to make do with a very limited number of personnel in the defensive department with just 4 fit senior defenders currently fit and available for selection, after starting the season with just 6 recognized defenders.
Having seen another member of the team, Mesut Ozil, called back from International duty due to a discovered damage in his knee, Wenger may have chosen to recall Koscielny from Didier Deschamps team not because he has actually picked up an injury but as a precaution to keep his thin squad safe.
Koscielny has had a previous injury to his head this season in the League game away to Leicester, while also bearing the Achilles niggles. Calum Chambers had to come in for him in that game, and has since become a constant feature at right back for Wenger’s team with the injury to Mattiue Debuchy.
Isaac Hayden and Hector Bellerin has been called in at different times to fill the gaps in the team, with not very successful results. The young English man seemed to struggle against the might of Graziano Pelle and with the likes of the similarly built Nikica Jelavic still to be faced, Wenger surely has it on his mind to keep his best defenders fresh. He probably has spoken with the French boss, Deschamps, and the FFF to let the Arsenal team assess Koscielny’s condition, to find out the possibility of him being available for the next League game at home to Hull due to the fear of loosing another player. The fact that the French game is ‘just’ a friendly would have helped this cause.
The International break has never been a good period for Arsenal in past years, with many players returning with long-term injuries, notably Jack Wilshere’s ankle damage against Denmark years ago. Theo Walcott’s imminent return from his ten-month injury was supposed to be a propeller for Arsenal’s revival this season after a rather rollercoaster start to last season. The trio of Debuchy, Giroud and Ozil have now been ruled out until 2015, while Aaron Ramsey remains out for at least 4 weeks. Mikel Arteta may likely join Theo in returning to the team after the break.
Wenger is under pressure to keep his team competitive with all of these injuries badgering the team, at least till the transfer window re-opens in January. Nothing has yet emerged of the rumours of a look into the free agents’ market, and so it wouldn’t have been out of place for Wenger to call Kos back just to make sure he will be good to go for the long haul – beginning with Hull.
So relax fellow Gooners, Koscielny is not injured as the likes of Giroud, Ozil and Debuchy.
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