Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin might miss the rest of 2015 due to an injury setback. The French midfielder suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion.
24 year old Coquelin fell awkwardly after a sliding challenge on Claudio Yacob.
Coquelin has undergone scans to access the extent of his injury and tests have revealed substantial ligament damage.
However, the Gunners’ medical team said that they will wait for the swelling to fully subside before conducting further examinations on Coquelin’s injured knee. Only then they will conduct a definitive diagnosis on his injury.
But according to some reports there are speculations that the 24 year old might struggle to play again this calendar year.
The fear is that Coquelin could also miss the opening weeks of 2016. News of the injury comes as a cruel blow to manager Arsene Wenger, who is already in the midst of an injury crisis.
Coquelin has established himself as the club’s first-choice defensive central midfielder over the past 12 months.
Wenger now will have to enter the January transfer market for a new holding midfielder though it is likely that the Gunners boss will wait for the outcome of further tests on Coquelin’s injured joint before coming to a decision.
Injury seems to have clouded Arsenal and now the Arsenal manager is facing the central midfield selection dilemma ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb.
Captain Mikel Arteta sustained a calf injury in the defeat at The Hawthorns and is also set for a spot on the sidelines.
Aaron Ramsey is fit again after a hamstring strain and likely to be handed an instant return in his preferred central midfield role against Dinamo.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can also play in central midfield, is also on the road to recovery.
Saturday’s clash between Arsenal and West Brom was full of miss and blows.
Midfielder James Morrison scored the first goal for West Brom. However, Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta accidentally scoring an own goal proved too costly for the Gunners.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Arsenal with a glancing header in the 28th minute.