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TEAM NEWS: Wenger Offers Update On Debuchy, Welbeck + Gibbs
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given a team news and injury update ahead of this weekend’s huge clash with Man City including the latest on Welbeck, Debuchy and Gibbs.
Let’s start with the really bad news and the boss has confirmed that Debuchy will miss the next three months after undergoing surgery on a dislocated shoulder.
The Frenchman suffered the injury following a cynical push from Marko Arnoutovic during our win over Stoke last weekend and he’ll now sit out most of the second half of the season.
Wenger also revealed that Welbeck will miss Sunday’s clash with City after failing to record from a thigh injury that’s already kept him out for the last four games.
However, there was some positive news as Kieran Gibbs is due to return to training on Friday after recovering from a heel injury and will be given a late fitness test to see if he can feature on Sunday.
The boss told Arsenal.com:
on Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder)…
Mathieu had a surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday. It’s very unfortunate for Mathieu, it’s unbelievable because he’s had two surgeries in the same season. He just came back, he played seven games and he’s out again. I count three months out for Mathieu because contact will be a problem for the shoulder.
on Kieran Gibbs (heel)…
Kieran Gibbs will be training again with the squad on Friday and we will see how he goes from there. His news is positive.
on Danny Welbeck (thigh)…
Danny Welbeck is not ready yet, he is still feeling some pain, so we will have to be patient.
So once again we’ve been hit by yet another crazy injury. To lose Debuchy to one freak injury is bad luck, but to lose him for another three months in the same season is just ridiculous.
Hector Bellerin or Calum Chambers will now battle it out for the right-back slot and we better hope that Debuchy can make a swift recovery or he may struggle to play again this season as three months will take him to mid-April. When you factor in training and getting back up to match speed, you could be looking at a return in May and any minor set-back will see him ruled out for the season.