Arsenal played Sunderland yesterday in the Premier League without two of their three centebacks available, both picking up injuries while away on international duty.
Captain Thomas Vermaelen picked up an ankle injury ahead of his country’s international friendly midweek and a report which has appeared on the Belgian website SportWorld, says that Arsenal are now set to be without him for up to three weeks, quoting manager Arsene Wenger as saying
We thought that Vermaelen would only be out for a few days, but he will be out longer.
The Belgian report also claims that Vermaelen was given an injection two months ago in order to deal with an ankle problem however the pain in the same ankle has returned leading to this latest layoff.
About Laurent Koscielny, who pulled up in the warm-up before the game after passing a fitness test on the calf injury he picked up while away on international duty with France, Arsene Wenger said
It’s a calf problem. We think it’s a question of days [until he returns] because he had a positive scan. He [came off for France] at half time [on Wednesday] and we decided to give him a trial in the warm up. He was not good enough. I don’t think it’s long-term.
Regarding Jack Wilshere who seemed to take a knee to his thigh causing a dead leg Wenger added
It was a big kick on the thigh. He couldn’t walk. He doesn’t walk properly now. I hope it’s four or five days [until he’s back].
Thanks to @annieeaves for the heads up on the Belgian articleby