Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has reportedly been ruled out for two months after picking up an ankle injury against Man City on Saturday, according to reports in French newspaper Le Parisien.
The French international went down in agony after appearing to twist his ankle during the closing stages of the match and he was stretchered off following lengthy treatment.
Wenger in his post-match press conference confirmed that the defender had suffered a badly sprained ankle, but didn’t give any update on how long the injury would keep him out for.
However, the 29 year old did post an update on his Facebook page last night to say the injury isn’t too serious and confirmed that he hasn’t suffered any fracture, is set for further tests on Monday and hoped to be back ‘asap’.
The report states that the right-back has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, which could leave him on the sidelines until mid-November at the earliest. He would miss the Gunners’ first three Champions League matches and their vital Premier League clashes with Tottenham and Chelsea.
The injury means Arsenal are left with just five defenders to cover their back four, after Thomas Vermaelen left the club to join Barcelona this summer, leaving just Koscielny and Mertesacker in the centre of defence.
Debuchy has impressed in an Arsenal jersey and has cemented his place as a guaranteed starter in the defence. With the Frenchman out for around a month, Calum Chambers will slot back into the right back role for now, with Mathieu Flamini and Hector Bellerin being the other available options available for Wenger.
It’s not clear whether the paper has inside knowledge or is it simply some paper talk, but let’s hope their information is false. However the quotes from the player doesn’t sound of a man who knows he’s just been ruled out for 2 months.