Laurent Koscielny has voiced sympathy for Arsenal and France teammate Bacary Sagna, who will miss Euro 2012 through injury.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger brought both players to Emirates Stadium out of relative obscurity in France, but this season has seen them cement places in Laurent Blanc’s squad – Sagna would have been likely first choice at right-back.
However, he broke his leg for a second time in a year in the 3-3 draw against Norwich City at the Emirates, which will keep him out of the tournament and Koscielny expressed disappointment at not having his club teammate with him in Les Blues’ squad.
“Bac is a very nice guy off the pitch and he has been very professional because it is the second time he has been injured like this,” he told the official Arsenal website.
“I think it is really hard for him because he trained hard to come back and help the team.
“So for him not to be in the French squad is disappointing. But I know Bac, he will come back stronger and next season he will be very important for us.”
Koscielny was impressive last season and was one of Arsenal’s more consistent performers in a campaign hallmarked by team inconsistency.
This form was noticed by Blanc and earned the former Lorient man a place in Poland and Ukraine.
However, injury concerns in the France squad mean he could end up playing in a defensive midfield role, rather than his more accustomed place at the centre of defence.