Arsenal fans faced an anxious few days after Lauren Koscielny was taken off for his country with a calf strain but it appears as if the defender could be fit enough to take part in their Premier League game against Sunderland on Saturday and will face a test prior to the game.
Speaking to the press ahead of the weekend, manager Arsene Wenger provided some updates regarding injured players, we’ve added information which we are aware of regarding the players:
Captain Thomas Vermaelen is out with an ankle injury which forced him to miss Belgium’s match midweek.
Full back Kieran Gibbs is still out and is expected to be out for up to another five weeks with a thigh problem.
Wenger made no mention of Tomas Rosicky who, while playing for his country during the week, had to leave the pitch with ‘intestinal problems’ [he had the runs]. It seems as if he will be fit to play if needed.
Aaron Ramsey, who also missed his country’s international midweek [calf strain] was also not mentioned by Wenger so it is hoped that he will also be fit to play.
Francis Coquelin was not mentioned, the midfielder has been out since 20th December with a hamstring problem however on 1st February prior to the game against Stoke, Wenger said
“Coquelin is not far from returning at all, but it would be a gamble to take him. If not able for tomorrow, he will be for the next game.”