Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen admits he's unlikely to represent the Gunners again this season.
The Belgian international has been out-of-action for seven months after sustaining an achilles injury on international duty, and despite getting close to recovery manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out naming the 25-year-old in his future squads this term.
"I can understand my manager when he says that my season is over: I have been out for seven months and I must fulfil a complete 'pre-season', so it's logical that he won’t take risks," the centre back told the official Arsenal website.
"The chances that I will play another game this season are small."
Arsenal have been hit hard by injuries this term, particularly across the back line at the Emirates. Johan Djourou was the newest player on the treatment table when he dislocated a shoulder in January, and Vermaelen admitted that injury can lead to frustration for professional players.
"After surgery, you soon become impatient," he admitted.
"I'm a player they have to slow down - that's my problem. I felt a little pain, but I had something in my head: I’ll cope with it. That wasn’t too smart: you can’t beat nature.
"I always thought I would be out for six weeks [after the surgery]. That was what I was told. So I never could anticipate this long absence. Maybe I would have preferred that I knew from the start."
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