Arsene Wenger has revealed that Laurent Koscielny’s time with the Arsenal squad looks to be up for the Asia Tour 2013 after sustaining an ankle injury.
The Frenchman missed Monday’s 3-1 victory against Nagoya Grampus and is likely to be sidelined for the final fixture against Urawa Reds in the Saitama City Cup on Friday.
Both Wojciech Szczesny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also sat out Monday’s match however the Arsenal boss feels the duo have an 80% chance of playing.
Wenger revealed on Arsenal’s website:
Koscielny is a big doubt. Oxlade-Chamberlain should be alright, Szczesny should be alright as well. I say 80 per cent Chamberlain and Szczesny and maybe 30 per cent for Koscielny. It’s a minor ankle problem.
Koscielny’s injury is a real worry with Thomas Vermaelen sidelined with a back fracture, with Per Mertesacker remaining as the only senior, experienced centreback. Bacary Sagna looks to continue in his compatriot’s absence, while the younger Ignasi Miquel will be eager to get among some first team action.
Hopefully he is rested for the match on Friday (sorry Japanese fans) and returns to fitness ahead of some vital fixtures next month including the Champions League qualifier first leg. Two injuries in pre-season and already there is a worry about the central defensive options, so should Wenger be in the market? With Sagna proving to be a useful versatile defender, it is mainly down to whether Wenger sees an Arsenal future for Miquel. If the Gunners brought someone such as Ashley Williams then it would essentially spell the end of the young Spaniard in north London, he would struggle to gain any game time for a number of seasons.
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What are your thoughts Gooners? Good news about Szcz and the Ox though..