Arsenal have confirmed that Sead Kolasinac will miss the first two months of the season after picking up a knee injury in Wednesday night’s friendly against Chelsea.
The Bosnia international appeared to twist his knee during the second half of the match and immediately signalled to be substituted. While he didn’t appear to be in much pain, he was escorted from the pitch by new physio Chris Morgan.
Kolasinac had been expected to start the season at left-back ahead of Nacho Monreal who only returned to training this week following his post-World Cup holiday.
Unai Emery now needs to decide whether to risk the Spaniard against Manchester City on 12 August or to go with someone like Ainsley Maitland-Niles who played the role at times last season. Monreal could well be given his first pre-season game time in tomorrow’s friendly with Lazio in Stockholm.
Arsenal have also confirmed that Aaron Ramsey will not play against the Italians. The Welshman pulled up with tightness in his right calf in the warm-up on Wednesday and is expected to return to training next week.