Benayoun a derby doubt

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Arsenal midfielder Yossi Benayoun is a doubt for the north London derby against Spurs after revealing he will be out of action for around a week.

The Israeli international captain suffered a 'strain' in the 3-1 Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury Town, a game the player scored in, and is now set to miss the next two games for the Gunners.

"Very disappointed as I have a strain and will be out for a week or so," the 31-year-old said on his Twitter page.

Signed on loan from Chelsea on deadline day, Benayoun is definitely ruled out of the clash with Bolton Wanderers this weekend, and is unlikely to feature in the Champions League tie against Olympiakos.

A trip to White Hart Lane would next up on the agenda, and the playmaker has 10 days to recover in-time for the north London derby.


Elsewhere, the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy with the progress of Jack Wilshere in his recovery from injury.

The player raised hope of a quicker return from his ankle injury after comments about good training sessions alongside the club's medical team.

However, it's reported that the Gunners are not looking to rush the 19-year-old back into action, and are yet to allow the player to take his protective boot off the troublesome foot.

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