By Editor Wayne Veysey
Aaron Ramsey will be sidelined for a month with his latest hamstring injury, according to Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal manager confirmed at his weekly media briefing on Friday that the midfielder is ruled out of the team’s next five fixtures, including the north London derby on 8 November and the Champions League trip to Bayern Munich in a fortnight.
Football Insider revealed on Wednesday morning that the Gunners expected to be without Ramsey for up to a month.
Wenger gave the latest on Ramsey and also revealed that Brazilian centre-back Gabriel, who has missed the last two matches through illness, is in contention to play tomorrow’s Premier League match against Everton.
“Aaron Ramsey will be back in three to four weeks,” Wenger said. “Gabriel is back in full training.”
Ramsey’s absence is a bitter blow for the player and the team, and comes after he pulled a hamstring during the Gunners’ 2-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday. He was immediately substituted at the 57-minute mark.
The midfielder is set to miss Arsenal’s next five fixtures, including the Champions League trip to Bayern in a fortnight and the north London derby at Emirates Stadium on 8 November, as well as Premier League clashes against Swansea and Everton.
The latest Ramsey injury comes after he missed large chunks of last season with three separate hamstring problems.
He first injured the muscle on 27 September, 2014, to miss three weeks, and when it went again at Galatasaray on December 9, he was out for almost six weeks. The third hamstring injury was sustained against Leicester City on February 10 and kept him out for three weeks until he returned as a substitute against QPR on March 4.
Ramsey has been a virtual ever-present for Arsenal this season, with Wenger using him predominantly on the right flank rather than in his favourite central position.