Arsenal’s defensive injury woes continued to worsen as full-back Andre Santos was ruled out for three weeks with a twisted ankle having limped off in the Gunners 3-1 Champions League defeat against Olympiacos on Tuesday.
Santos was helped off after 51 minutes in Arsenal’s final Champions League group game, with the Brazilian confirming he will be out of action for some time.
"I twisted my ankle in a silly move," he told the Daily Express. "The doctor thinks I'll be out for three weeks."
The injury to Santos means that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will go into this weekend’s game against Everton without either of his first-choice full-backs, with Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna injured and youngster Carl Jenkinson also currently out of action.
Santos had been deputising for the injured Gibbs, who continues his rehabilitation from a hernia operation, and Wenger may now have to call upon centre-back Thomas Vermaelen as cover, or drop youngster Ignasi Miquel in at the deep end after bringing him on against Olympiacos.
Wenger said of his injury dilemma: “Santos suffered a bad ankle injury. He looks like he will be out for a while.
"Hopefully he will not be too long but, for Saturday against Everton, he looks to be short."
“We have Gibbs coming back in two to three weeks. Hopefully Santos will not be too long but, for Saturday against Everton, he looks to be short. We have as well Thomas Vermaelen, who can play in his position.”
Santos’ injury was made worse by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski also limping off with a deep cut on the knee during Tuesday’s defeat.