Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin may have added to our growing injury list after sustaining a knock to his knee during the ill-tempered London derby against Chelsea, the Mirror reports.
Coquelin slid in for a tackle on Nemanja Matix shortly before half-time and seemed to extend his knee in the process. While many were focused on the debacle which surrounded Gabriel, Coquelin didn’t return for the second half and his injury seems to be quite serious.
Wenger was quoted as saying after the game that a return date hasn’t yet been determined for Coquelin, but he’ll certainly miss the midweek clash against Tottenham Hotspur.
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“It is a little knee injury,” Wenger was quoted as saying.
“I don’t know how long it will be – certainly not for midweek. I don’t know yet how long.”
Coquelin was dominating the midfield battle during the first half and as we witnessed on Wednesday night in Zagreb, we really can’t afford to play without him this season.
This certainly justifies calls during the summer for Arsene Wenger to add another holding midfielder given that injuries and suspensions are inevitable for a player like Coquelin.
Hopefully, his injury isn’t too serious and the Frenchman can return soon.