Arsene Wenger has some injury worries ahead of the new season with players heading away, or not as it turns out, on international duty.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was withdrawn from the England squad this morning having suffered an ankle problem during yesteday’s 4-0 win over FC Koln. He received treatment during the first half and clearly the issue is bad enough to preclude him for playing for England, but hopefully it’s precautionary more than anything else.
Meanwhile, new France boss Didier Deschamps has cast doubt over Laurent Koscielny’s involvement in Wednesday’s friendly against Uruguay as the defender arrives as Clairefontaine with a calf problem. France Football quote Deschamps saying, “He will have a test in the afternoon but at the moment the injury will compromise his participation in the game”.
Update: Koscielny has been officially withdrawn from the France squad.
With Mikel Arteta sitting out the FC Koln game due to a knock he picked up in training, the Arsenal manager will be biting his nails this week hoping nobody else finds their way onto the sick list.
With Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong and Bacary Sagna all ruled out of the start of the season, and beyond, Wenger can’t afford to see too many of options sidelined.
We should get full clarification of the injury situation later in the week.