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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski out for three months

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will be out for longer than first feared with a hamstring tear, with the German international now facing three months on the sidelines.

Podolski suffered the hamstring injury during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Fenerbahce last week, with an initial diagnosis from the club putting a timeline for recovery at between eight and 10 weeks.

The 28-year-old underwent a medical with German national team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt in Munich yesterday, with the striker admitting that the examination has extended his predicted spell on the sidelines to at least three months.

He told German newspaper Bild: “I will be sidelined for a long time, approximately three months."

The Gunners also used Muller-Mohlfhart to carry out Mesut Ozil's medical in Munich yesterday morning ahead of a £42.5m move to the Emirates, which was confirmed late last night.

Ozil can provide cover in Podolski's regular position on the left flank for Arsenal, but primarily prefers to operate as a central playmaker.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger decided against bringing in extra cover in attack to compensate for Podolski's absence, with Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner the only recoginised cover for main striker Olivier Giroud at the Emirates.

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