Aaron Ramsey’s season has just gone from bad to worse. The all action midfield has looked a shadow of himself this campaign with the odd promising glimpse sprinkled in among the persistent hamstring injury troubles.
Arsene Wenger revealed his frustrations after last night’s nervy 2-1 win over Leicester City, complaining that they ‘haven’t found out why’ the Gunners are struggling with some many muscular injuries.
Luckily Jack Wilshere is closing in on his return soon, but the worry is we take one step forward in our injury crisis only to take another backflip back.
Ramsey has hardly been overplayed recently, since his return against Manchester City last month he has played a single game a week and then after 10 minutes as a late substitute last night he collapsed in pain clutching his hamstring.
Wenger revealed the latest on the Welshman to the media and it doesn’t sound good:
It looks like it [a hamstring]. I don’t know how bad it is yet. Just visually, it didn’t look good. When a guy stops straight away and sits down, that’s not good news. There’s a recurrence now of a few muscular injuries and it’s difficult – we haven’t found out why. I basically left him out today because I wanted to be cautious with him. I had to bring him on – I had a hesitation between Flamini and him – because we lacked a a bit of offensive power. It was not the best of decisions.
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Yes [it was his third hamstring injury this season]. Last year was a thigh but this year it’s a recurrence of hamstrings. You cannot say it’s no worry because after the player doesn’t play with the freedom in mind.
He’s not overplayed. Before I never looked at him, I just played him in every game but since he’s had these problems I’m a bit more cautious with him.
Alexis Sanchez returned to the side on Tuesday evening, spearheading the attack for much of the win. Unfortunately he suffered a nasty knock to the knee after an overly strong challenge from Matthew Upson that went unpunished.
The Chilean was visibly in pain for the remainder of the tie but decided he was fine to continue. It certainly hampered his game as he struggled to keep up the high intensity game we are used to seeing from him.
Wenger also confirmed the clubs top scorer will undergo tests and is unsure on whether he will be out for this weekend’s vital FA Cup tie with Middlesborough:
Sanchez got a knock on his knee. I don’t think he was himself. From the moment he got this knock, he was never really comfortable. I don’t know for how long he will be out and whether he will be out or not. I haven’t seen the doctor.
It was a heavy tackle, yes. Yes I was ready to take him off at half-time but he said, ‘no it’s okay, I can go on’. When I watched him play I thought, ‘No, that hasn’t [got better]’. Sometimes when you run it off it’s just a kick but he became worse and I didn’t see him in the second half.
Fingers crossed on Alexis, and obviously we hope for a speedy recovery from Ramsey. It looks serious however and could be a case of months rather than weeks depending on the grade of the muscle tear. The Welshman has struggled since his comeback and it is another big setback for the 24-year-old who needs a run of games to rediscover the form we all know he is capable of.