Wenger confirms huge blow – Arsenal star ruled out until December following surgery

By on May 8, 2018

Arsene Wenger has confirmed a huge blow with the news that Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out until December following surgery on his Achilles injury.

Koscielny collapsed clutching the back of his ankle during the early stages of our Europa League semi-final second leg defeat to Atletico Madrid last Thursday night.

The centre-back left the field in tears on a stretcher and Arsene Wenger admitted after the game Koscielny had suffered a serious Achilles injury but refused to put a time-scale on his recovery until test results came back.

Unfortunately the scans have confirmed he’s suffered a ruptured Achilles and Wenger says a ‘devastated’ Koscielny will now be out for at least six months after undergoing surgery to repair the tendon.

It means the French international will play no part in the World Cup finals this summer and Wenger believes the earliest we’ll see Kos back is the start of December.

Here’s what he told reporters today, as per talkSPORT:

“Koscielny is of course devastated because he needed surgery.

“That means he will be out for six months.

“You will not see him at the beginning of December at best.”

This news is a devastating blow for Koscielny as the 32-year-old will now probably retire from international football and he may struggle to ever get back to his best form at this stage of his career.

Koscielny – who turns 33 in September – has been nursing his Achilles injury for over a year and there’s no doubt it was affecting his form as he’s been well below his best this season.

As we’ve seen with Santi Cazorla, Achilles injuries are very difficult to fully overcome so even when he does return at the end of this year, it’s going to take Kos time to get back to his best and I don’t think we’ll ever see him being the dominant centre-back he once was.