Report: Defender ruled out of training - major doubt for Tottenham clash v Arsenal
By Russell Edge
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny sat out of training with France on Sunday with an achilles injury and is a doubt for the international clash with Germany on Tuesday, according to a report.
French publication L’Equipe claim on their website that the centre back was forced to stay on the sidelines while his team mates were put through their paces ahead of the friendly match against the reigning world champions, which also leaves him as a major uncertainty for the Gunners’ north London derby against Tottenham on Saturday.
The 32-year-old, who has 50 caps for Les Bleus under his belt, has been a key figure at the heart of the defence for Arsenal this season, having started all but one of the nine league games he has been eligible for, missing the opening two games through suspension.
The report also quotes Koscielny as saying that the achilles injury is one that has been ongoing since the start of the season and has been managed by his club through rotation.
Arsenal play host to their north London rivals sitting in sixth, three places and four points behind Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who themselves are already eight points behind league leaders Manchester City, and level with second placed Manchester United.
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