Unai Emery fears that Laurent Koscielny may have suffered a broken jaw in this evening’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.
The Frenchman was caught by the trailing boot of Romelu Lukaku and required lengthy treatment on the pitch before being substituted.
Speaking afterwards, the Arsenal boss said, “I think Koscielny will go to the hospital”, with the initial diagnosis suggesting a break on top of the cut that was apparent as he lay stricken on the pitch.
It would be a huge blow for the player, who was just returned from a 7 month absence due to an Achilles injury, and for the team. Not least because fellow centre-half Sokratis was taken off midway through the first half with ankle problem, although Emery sounded more positive about that.
“I don’t think it’s a big injury for Sokratis,” he said, but we’ll have to wait and see what the tests show.
With Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin already sidelined, the last thing we need is another defensive injury, and if the worst is confirmed for Koscielny, it’s likely to rule him out for a considerable period of time.
Whether that means we’ll be forced into the market remains to be seen.