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Wenger reveals Arsenal star is ‘devastated’ after fresh injury blow
Arsene Wenger has opened up on Tomas Rosicky’s latest injury and claims the midfielder has been left ‘devastated’ after suffering a thigh problem at the weekend.
Rosicky made his first appearance of the season as a late substitute against Burnley on Saturday having missed the entire campaign so far with a knee injury that he picked up while on international duty in June.
However, the 35-year-old’s injury curse struck once again as he suffered a thigh problem just minutes into his cameo appearance at the Emirates and Wenger says the midfielder has been left ‘devastated’ by this latest blow.
The boss claimed he noticed straight away that Rosicky wasn’t right but is confused as to how the injury happened as Tomas warmed up properly being being introduced in the 71st minute.
Wenger is quoted as saying by Football365:
“He warmed up well, he warmed up for 20 minutes. I told him straight away after halftime, warm up. I observed him, and he’s very conscientious, Tomas. He did sprint and sprint and sprint.
“He told me that after three minutes he got the injury. I looked at him [during the game] and thought, ‘Tomas you do not run properly,’ because he did not lift his legs.
“And he lost some balls that I was amazed from him, because he’s top level technically. But when he told me after the game that he did it [get injured] straight away I understood why, what happened to him.
“He stayed on, he said ‘I stayed on because you could not change any more.’”
“He is devastated. It’s unbelievable. Such a good player, but his career has been so disrupted by so many injuries. And now, he was born in 1980, he’s going to be 36. It’s difficult for him.”
It’s certainly a cruel blow for Rosicky to have picked up this latest injury and you have to question whether he’ll make another appearance in an Arsenal shirt after this as he’s out of contract in June.
Reports suggest the Czech international will take around six weeks to recover but it could be even longer if he suffers setbacks along the way, plus at Rosicky’s age he’s going to need some time to get back to match fitness once he does resume full training again.
Fingers crossed he can make a swift recovery from this latest setback and can play some part in our run-in as he deserves to leave the club on a high note….not on the treatment table.
Wenger: "Rosicky's injury is quite a serious one. He will not need surgery. It is a partial rupture of his tendon. It could be 2-3 months."
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) February 5, 2016