Arsene Wenger has given an update on Francis Coquelin’s fitness after the midfielder was forced off through injury during Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old lasted just 28 minutes at the Vitality Stadium before being replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after picking up a knock.
Wenger says the Frenchman will now undergo a scan to determine the severity of the injury and the length of time he may need to be sidelined for.
“Coquelin has a hamstring. It’s too early, you have to wait 48 hours for a scan to see,” he said via the official Arsenal website.
“Usually when he sits down and comes up it’s not so good news. It’s just a tightness. The player tries to get on but he didn’t even try to play again.”
A lengthy injury to Coquelin at this stage of the season would be a huge blow to the Gunners with Santi Cazorla already sidelined and Mohamed Elneny now away on international duty with Egypt.
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That leaves just Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey as Arsenal’s only fit central midfielders and both players endured a poor night against Bournemouth.
While Xhaka did redeem himself somewhat by setting up Olivier Giroud for his late equaliser he was guilty of conceding the penalty and alongside Coquelin this season has generally failed to impress after a bright start.
It would be a huge surprise now if Coquelin were to be fit for the FA Cup clash against Preston on Saturday although Wenger would surely have been planning to rotate his side in any case for the game against Championship opposition.