By Amir Mir
Francis Coquelin’s injury worries have been allayed as the midfielder is set to miss just three weeks with a knee injury – and Arsenal fans took to Twitter to express their relief.
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 defensive midfielder was substituted in the first-half of Arsenal’s 3-0 thumping of Chelsea on Saturday evening, but he is now expected to return earlier than expected.
Fans wished their player a speedy recovery and were now hoping his comeback to action in three weeks will be successful.
Supporters felt that Arsene Wenger’s side will manage in the middle of the park due to the competition for midfield places within the team.
Additionally, Arsenal fans echoed that they had originally feared the worst, but were glad the Frenchman will be back by mid October.
But others were less positive, as they expected Coquelin to be back for the last three games of the season putting into account the Gunners previous injury record.
Overall supporters were pleased it was a short-term injury for their midfield man, but others were less positive in thinking he will be back in action in three weeks.
Here is a selection of messages from Arsenal supporters on Twitter reacting to the Coquelin injury news.
— skinner (@harry_skinner19) September 27, 2016
Coquelin out for 3 weeks… so expecting to see him back for the last 3 games of the season.
— Andrew Diacopoulos (@DioAndrew) September 27, 2016
Thank god Coquelin's injury isn't that bad. We need the depth this season and some luck.
— Mike Gutierrez (@SlaynWilder) September 27, 2016
Good news reguarding coquelin hes out for only 3weeks
— sean fallon (@andyjohnson1995) September 27, 2016
Coquelin out for three weeks? Okay, not all that bad. We do not have tough midfield battles in the 6 upcoming fixtures, so we'll manage.
— Lindokuhle Mandyoli (@ROZA_Nangok) September 27, 2016
Coquelin's injury can be assumed to be six weeks if its arsenal's way of injury treatment
— Olayiwola (@bishopope4) September 27, 2016
Thank goodness Francis Coquelin is just a short-term injury☺ I have fear the worst! #Gooners
— Raj (@broken_55) September 27, 2016
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.
Wenger can choose from a plethora of midfield talent, with Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil available to him for the Champions League group game against Basel on Wednesday night.
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