Arsene Wenger has confirmed Gabriel has suffered ligament damage to his ankle, but must undergo scans to discover the extent of the injury after Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City.
The Gunners pre-season friendly win was marred with the news that the Brazilin could face an extended period on the sidelines after sustaining the injury late in the match, where the centre back appeared to catch his studs in the turf heading into a challenge.
The last remaining senior centre back on the tour appeared in an awful amount of pain while being stretchered off, with Wenger left hoping not another long term injury has decimated his backline.
“We have not even made a diagnosis in the medical room with our doctors or physios yet. I can’t tell you more. He’s in pain. Let’s hope the pain is not a sign of bad news. The only thing we have to know now is how big the damage is with his ligament,” Wenger revealed after the win (via Arsenal.com).
“He played the ball 100 per cent and I think he rolled his ankle, but I don’t know how it happened. It’s part of our game.”
“Maybe he was a bit tired, I don’t know. Was his coordination a bit weaker, I don’t know. Was he locked in the grass with his studs… I have to speak to him.
“He’s just come out of a medical room and he’s not in a better state because he couldn’t even talk on the pitch.”
Wenger was also forced to admit the serious deficiencies in his defence heading into the new Premier League season, Laurent Koscielny (yet to report for pre-season) is the lone established option at centre half after Per Mertesacker went under the knife for a knee injury.
“Yes. We are very short [in defence],” Wenger admitted.
“I’ve said many times that we are in the market. Of course it’s not an easy market for us. Let’s hope we have good news from Gabriel.”
“Laurent Koscielny is back in training [on Monday] but he might be short for next week. If Gabriel is out, Per Mertesacker is out and Koscielny not ready – that’s a lot of players.”
It sure is a lot of players. The amount of defensive injuries is impressive even for Arsenal’s standards. We must pray for a speedy recovery for Gabriel and hope Wenger can do what is required in the transfer market. He has less an a week to bring in at least one central defender.