Yoann Gourcuff injured walking his dog

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Yoann Gourcuff’s prospects of a securing a summer transfer have been struck by a blow somewhat, after the Lyon midfielder sustained an injury while out walking his dog. The France international, who missed out on his country’s World Cup squad, has been linked with Arsenal but a proposed deal may now be scuppered.

Gourcuff, as reported by Le Parisien, sustained a sprained ankle while out for a stroll with his pooch Christian, and is a doubt to make the final Ligue 1 game of the season against Nice. It is the same ankle Gourcuff hurt against Saint-Etienne in March and, given his injury history, a longer spell on the sidelines should not be ruled out.

The 27-year-old has been unavailable for a total of 559 days since joining Lyon from Bordeaux in 2010, and his poor fitness record is perhaps what has prevented a transfer to a club of more prominent European standing.

Arsenal, however, continue to be linked with an approach for Gourcuff who, fully fit, would have plenty to offer at the Emirates Stadium. The midfielder is very much an Arsene Wenger type player, although it remains to be seen if the Arsenal manager will choose to formalise his supposed interest.

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