Arsenal are expecting to be with Aaron Ramsey for at least four weeks after he suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury against Leicester City, reports The Telegraph.
Ramsey came on as a substitute in the closing minutes of the match with Arsenal struggling to maintain a 2-1 lead. He last just nine minutes, going down unchallenged and heading straight down the tunnel.
It is the second significant injury the 24-year-old has suffered to his hamstring this season. He missed six weeks after suffering the same injury against Galatasaray in December and only completed his comeback in the 2-0 win over Manchester City on January 18.
"If you have a muscular injury and a guy has a set back, you say ‘bye bye’ as the season is over as it is six weeks out”
The report states that the initial prognosis suggests Ramsey will be out for four weeks, but Arsene Wenger is fearing that he will be without the energetic midfielder for even longer.
It is bad news for both Arsenal and the Welshman who has had a frustrating 12 months. He missed four months of the campaign last season with a recurring thigh injury after making a huge impression of Arsenal's season in the first half of the campaign. That excellent six months of form was enough to convince Wenger to offer him a £100,000-a-week contract.
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Wenger suggested to reporters that a long-term injury such as the one being suggested could leave Ramsey struggling to play again this season.
“Once you go into February, if you have a muscular injury and a guy has a set back, you say ‘bye bye’ as the season is over as it is six weeks out,” Wenger is quoted in the same report as saying. “By the time you come back to your full level is April.”
Is it Wenger's fault?
While no one can anticipate injuries, the way Ramsey was thrown back into first team action following what could be deemed quite a serious hamstring injury was irresponsible from Wenger.
His hand may have been forced by another unfortunate ligament injury to Wilshere, but Ramsey's heavy involvement ultimately left him at risk of recurrence.
Anyone who has had a hamstring injury in the past can tell you how chronic they can become if mismanaged. Playing Ramsey in 339 minutes out of a possible 360 between January 18 and February 7 including an intense north London derby is mismanagement summed up.
Luckily, the same report says that Wilshere could return to the squad for Arsenal's next game against Middlesbrough. The Englishman has been out since November and would help to fill the gap that Ramsey has just vacated.