Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he fears summer signing Mathieu Debuchy will be out for some time after being stretchered off during the 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
The French international was forced off during the closing stages of the game after clutching his leg with no other players in close proximity.
Wenger confirmed after the match that the injury was a bad sprain and said Gunners medical staff would not be able to fully assess the damage for a while yet.
According to the Mirror, he said:
Debuchy has a badly strained ankle.
It’s very difficult [to tell how long he will be out]. Medical people told me they need 24 hours more to assess him really well.
However, the 29 year old right-back has appeased worries over a possible long term injury by posting a positive update on the situation.
He wrote on his official Facebook page:
The quotes suggest that the injury isn’t that serious as expected and whilst knowing that an official medical exam is set for Monday, he has ruled out a fracture which is great news for the club.
The Gunners have some important games against Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to come over the next four weeks and Wenger will be tasked with shuffling around his backline to help deal with the short-term loss.
Chambers will probably continue to fill the void until the French international is cleared to return. He showed great consistency and awareness while playing at centre-back in the earlier games, but it is unknown whether the Englishman is ready for consistent appearances against elite competition at this point in his career.
Get well soon Debuchy.