Injury updates – Arsenal inc. Giroud, Podolski, Wilshere


Olivier Giroud has confirmed that he will be fit to play for Arsenal against Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Initially he confirmed that his knee was ok after he seemed to injury it while attempting a shot against Sunderland at the weekend. He has now stated that he  twisted his ankle but will be able not be forced to miss out on the side’s first group game of the season.

Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, has admitted that he is still only around 85% fit, telling the media

“I’d probably say I’m 85-90 per cent fit, I’ve not played many 90 minutes.

“I came off for Arsenal against Tottenham because I was ill and I got two 60 minutes under my belt for England.

“It takes time to get to 100 per cent again. It takes five or six 90 minutes, then you start feeling strong.

“I feel good, but I’ve got that bit extra to go.”

Arsenal are still without Santi cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo, and Abou Diaby. There is no word if Thomas Rosicky, who picked up a hamstring problem while playing for the Czech Republic, will be fit to play on Wednesday night but it seems unlikely. Per Mertesacker should return to the side after missing out on the win at Sunderland due to illness.

Lukas Podolski tweeted an update on his injury status, saying

Hi there…three weeks are gone, I’m getting better and better. After doctor’s check on wednesday I hope I can do more in rehabilitation.;)

poldi_inuryCheck the current standings of the injury league here and see which players are out for which Premier League club here.

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Lee Hurley

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