Arsenal’s injury curse continues, with Benik Afobe the latest player to join the ever-extending list of long term absentees, just days after Yossi Benayoun has also been ruled out for a week.
Youngster Afobe is naturally devastated after being ruled out for at least 4 months from a groin strain picked up last month while playing for the reserves, lasting just 22 minutes. Afobe was ruled out for around 10 days on initial diagnosis, but has been told yesterday that he is likely to be out until the end of January.
The exciting striker was promoted to the first team squad this season and was looking to force his way into Arsene Wenger’s plans as well as play a part in the Gunners Carling Cup campaign.
He said prior to the clash with Shrewsbury:
I’m still injured at the moment, so I’m disappointed because it could have been a big chance for me to play.
Hopefully, the young lads will still get a chance against Shrewsbury and do enough to get through, so that I can hopefully feature in the next round.
I’ll still go down and the support the boys because a lot of them will be making their first-team debut.
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The news will come as a bitter blow to Afobe, who now joins Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Vermaelen on the list of long term injury hit players, adding to the pressure already on Arsenal’s medical staff.