By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Tomas Rosicky will be sidelined for three months and could have played his last match for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger revealed on Friday.
The Czech midfielder damaged his thigh on his first-team return last weekend after eight months out.
Football Insider revealed on Sunday that Rosicky faced months on the sidelines and Wenger has confirmed that the player could be out for up to three months.
Speaking at his media briefing on Friday, Wenger said Roiscky will not undergo surgery but conceded the veteran midfielder might not play for Arsenal again.
“We are all shocked, we hope it is not his last game,” said the manager. “He will not need surgery.”
Rosicky made his first appearance of the season, and his first since last May, as a 71st minute substitute in last Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Burnley.
The 35-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, faces a battle to play again for the club he joined from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2006.
It is yet another injury blow for Arsene Wenger whose season has been disrupted by losing key players, particularly in midfield.
Francis Coquelin made his return on Saturday after two-and-a-a-half months out but Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are still sidelined.