Fears that Laurent Koscielny might have picked up another injury during last night’s 2-1 defeat to Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy were played down afterwards by youth team boss Freddie Ljungberg.
The French international limped off late in the game, sparking concerns he may have suffered a setback in his recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture, but it was revealed later to be caused by cramp.
Speaking to the Islington Gazette, Ljungberg said, “It was just cramp, but unfortunately he couldn’t move.
“We understood that he wasn’t worried at all, it was just some cramp. It was a bit sad because he signalled to me before their goal he had cramp.”
Youngster Bukayo Saka had levelled things up for the Gunners, but the 85th minute saw the U21 knocked out of the competition.
It has been a worthwhile exercise though, giving some of the academy players the experience of playing against experienced professionals, and that will be good for their development.