Arsenal have suffered a double injury blow with Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott both suffering setbacks yesterday.
The Dutch striker was expected to return at the end of September after injuring his ankle in the win away at Blackburn, but the problem has proved more serious and the Gunners frontman will now be out until mid-October.
Van Persie will miss a couple of Champions League clashes along with a handful of league games, including the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on the 3rd October.
The injury leaves Frenchman Arsene Wenger with only Marouane Chamakh to lead the line, and is the second consecutive season that injury problems have plagued the club's top marksman.
Van Persie missed most of last season with ankle ligament damage, and the club will be hoping the problem doesn't hamper the Dutchman long term.
News on Walcott's injury provides a bit more optimism for the north London side, with England boss Fabio Capello confirming that the ankle problems aren't as serious as first though.
The winger went over as part of the build-up for England's first goal against Switzerland last night, and was rushed to hospital for precautionary x-rays.
"I spoke with Theo and he told me it is not a big problem. I said 'two weeks', he said less," the Italian said after the game.
More positive news for the Gunners comes in the shape of Samir Nasri, who has made a quick recovery from a knee injury sustained against Liverpool on the opening day.
Despite slight ligament damage, the club confirmed that the playmaker will return to training this week via a statement on their official website.
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