By Tony Hughes
Aaron Ramsey is set to be out for another month after his hamstring injury turned out to be worse than originally feared, it was revealed on Friday.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the key midfielder will not play in the team’s next three matches before the international break.
The Wales international is also not expected to play in the World Cup qualifiers for his country at the start of next month, which would mean he would not be in contention to play again before 15 October at the earliest.
Wenger said on Friday, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Mirror journalist Darren Lewis, that Ramsey has a “small grade one hamstring” injury.
Wenger was also pessimistic about the chances of the 25-year-old being available before mid-October in another blow to the team.
At Arsenal. Wenger says Aaron Ramsey has a “small grade one hamstring” injury. Says he “doesn’t think” he will go with Wales.
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) September 23, 2016
Wenger revealed on Monday that the central midfielder is set to miss Arsenal’s Premier League showdown against Chelsea on Saturday.
Ramsey will also now miss next Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Basel and the Premier League fixture against Burnley four days later.
It is said that Wenger and his coaching staff are refusing to gamble on Ramsey until he is 100 per cent fit again and will monitor him closely at the club’s training headquarters in the next few weeks.
It appears that the earliest he can now play is on 15 October, when Arsenal host Swansea at Emirates Stadium.
The Wales international has not played since suffering a hamstring injury on the first day of the season, when he limped out of the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on 14 August.
This comes amid a report that Ramsey and Wenger have held showdown talks about the player’s future at Emirates Stadium.
In other Arsenal team news, the Gunners are set to make 11 changes to their starting XI for the clash against Chelsea on Saturday.