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Arsene Wenger has revealed young left back Kieran Gibbs will be sidelined for between four and five weeks after undergoing a hernia operation after breaking down in training last month. Meanwhile Carl Jenkinson has a stress fracture resulting in him missing this weekends game against Norwich, however Chamakh and Diaby are back in training, whilst injured Jack Wilshere has stepped up his recovery and is finally walking without crutches.
Wenger told the club’s official website:
He has a hernia and had surgery on Thursday. He looks like he will be out for between four and five weeks.
At first he had an abdominal strain, certainly caused by the fact that he had a hernia already. When the strain was healed we discovered that he had a hernia. We had a fear that could be behind it so we decided to do the surgery.’
We have had some bad news because we have lost two full-backs over the break but apart from that all the players came back in good shape and everybody is available,”
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Carl has a stress fracture in his back. That’s just about rest now. We discovered that because he had a pain in his back. First you monitor it, then play a little bit and then you check again because you are cautious.
We found a small stress fracture that we noticed at an early stage. If he continued to play it could have got worse and then he could be out for a long time. So at the moment the specialist has decided to rest him.’
[Abou Diaby and Marouane Chamakh] are both back in full training again. Diaby has been out for four or five months so he will need some adaptation. Chamakh is available for the weekend.
Wilshere however has revealed some good news on his twitter account as he steps up his recovery and may even be ahead of schedule for his early 2012 comeback.
First day without crutches in a while! Feels so good!
It is a shame that Gibbs’ injury horror run continues just after he finally managed to string some matches together, but hopefully he can come back stronger. Koscielny will likely slot in at rightback which will allow Vermaelen and Mertesacker to partner in the heart of the defence. Good news for Diaby who is finally back in full training which will give Wenger more options.
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