The German press are reporting that Per Mertesacker has traveled to Munich to have a scan on his ankle after the one carried out by the Arsenal doctors proved inconclusive.
It seems odd that an MRI in Germany would provide different results from the MRI in London, but Arseblog News suspects it’s a case of Mertesacker, and Arsenal, looking for a second opinion before deciding on a definite course of treatment. It would be no surprise if the initial scan results were bad and club and player are exploring all options which is no bad thing.
Kicker says that Per will meet with the German national team doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, an extremely well regarded specialist, before a decision is made as to whether the ankle ligament damage he suffered can be treated with rest and physiotherapy or if it requires surgery.
The picture the BFG posted on his Facebook page yesterday certainly looked a touch gruesome and anyone who has done that kind of damage to their ankle knows it can take weeks, if not months, to recover fully. Of course most of us who turn an ankle playing 5-a-side or Sunday league don’t have the benefit of state of the art medical treatment to help us through.
The Gunners have already lost full back Andre Santos for 3 months with a very similar injury, so the prognosis is worrying.
If there’s any upside to the timing of it, it’s that it comes when we’ve just gotten our full backs … erm … back, and Thomas Vermaelen can return to his favoured central defensive position.