By Matt Farr
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has admitted he will require daily treatment on his Achilles injury throughout the remainder of his career.
The 31-year-old is one of the most consistent performers within Arsenal’s current squad, and remains a key player despite his recent injury concerns.
Koscielny has seen limited first-team action of late due to an ongoing calf problem, and is set to miss the upcoming clash with Sunderland in the Premier League on Wednesday.
However, the France international has dropped a massive bombshell by admitting his injury struggles will be no quick fix, and he could require daily treatment right up until the day he hangs up his boots.
He told the Times: “I have some problems. Now it is better. I know it is a difficult injury because you need to work every day on this.
“Every morning I have my treatment for my Achilles and I know I need to do this to the end of my career. Now, every day I do this and it is okay but sometimes with all the games we play every three days, it is difficult.
“You need to be careful with his because if you stop doing your own exercise programme for one or two weeks, the problem will come back. I know I need to do this every day to be fit for my team.”
Koscielny’s alarming revelation could cause concern among Arsenal fans, with the club having to be careful over the fitness of their star man, and take added precautions.
The defender will have an opportunity to rest up over the summer, however, Arsenal will want him to be back in good time to play a key role over the course of next season.
But it will be a big concern if Koscielny won’t be able to make it through the season without any major injury setbacks, with the defender currently unable to make himself available for every game.
Arsenal are currently monitoring his game-time carefully, especially with the FA Cup Final on the horizon, having made 42 appearances in all competitions this season.