9 Oct 2014

Arsenal’s latest injury worry - Laurent Koscielny set to undergo tests on achilles injury

Laurent Koscielny has added to Arsenal’s mounting list of injury woes after pulling out of the French squad with an Achilles problem.

Arsenal claim that the move is only precautionary and will carry out tests on Koscielny when he arrives back, saying that the early indications are that the problem is not serious. Reports in France, however, say that Koscielny is suffering from acute tendinitis in both achilles tendons.

Another injury setback feels like the last thing that Arsène Wenger needed, with the Koscielny update coming hard on the heels of the Mesut Özil news from Wednesday. Özil underwent an MRI scan under the watch of the German FA, with whom he had joined up for international duty, which revealed a partial ligament tear in the left knee.

Wenger’s injury list has now reached double figures. The Arsenal manager had already counted Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy as long-term casualties while Aaron Ramsey is unlikely to play again before early November. Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Serge Gnabry, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby are also out.

Credit: David Hytner/GuardianSport

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