Major Arsenal boost as 25-year-old set to make comeback
By Will Butcher
Francis Coquelin’s injury worries have been allayed as the midfielder is set to miss just three weeks with a knee problem, it emerged on Tuesday.
Manager Arsene Wenger revealed to Arsenal’s official website during his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Basel that Coquelin’s injury was a “short-term injury.”
“He is out for the game tomorrow,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “But it should be a short-term injury because the scan was quite positive and I think it will be three weeks out.”
The north London club’s medical staff were concerned that Coquelin had injured his medial ligaments, which kept him out for around two months last season.
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Coquelin has been integral to Arsenal’s season so far, starting five of the club’s six league games this season as well as the Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain.
While the Frenchman is sidelined, Switzerland international Granit Xhaka is expected to replace him after impressing following his £35million move from German giants Gladbach.
Coqualin has made 114 senior appearances for the Gunners since his promotion from the academy.
The midfielder, who was very much a fringe player in the past, has also had loan spells with Freiburg and Lorient during his development and he has now become an important member of Arsenal’s first-team.
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