Having been ruled out for the season by Arsene Wenger, Per Mertesacker has given an update on the status of his injured ankle and insisted that he still plans to play for Germany in Euro 2012.
Die Mannschaft (the best nickname for a national team surely?) play their first match of the tournament against Portugal on June 9th with games against the Netherlands and Denmark following soon after.
Writing on his Facebook page, Mertesacker informed supporters:
“My participation in Euro 2012 is not in danger.
“Dr Stöckle in Tübingen did the operation on Tuesday evening, attached a piece of bone back to the ankle and patched up the deltoid ligament on the inside of the ankle.
“All went well and I’m in Donaustauf, Bavaria, for the physical rehabilitation.”
It remains to be seen whether Mertesacker fancies his chances of playing again for the Gunners this season, but with the likes of Andre Santos and Robin van Persie both suffering similar problems in the recent past you certainly wouldn’t bet on it.
Taking that into account you have to wonder whether Joachim Loew will risk picking a player who won’t have played regular competitive action for such a long time.
All the same, Arseblog News wishes the BFG all the best with his recovery – a lengthy spell on the sidelines is all part of the Arsenal induction.