Bacary Sagna has said he will take inspiration from his compatriot Djibril Cisse as he fights back from the broken leg he suffered playing for Arsenal in last weekend's north London derby at White Hart Lane.
The Gunners full-back underwent a successful operation after colliding with an advertising hoarding in the match against Tottenham, and has been ruled out until the New Year.
But the 28-year-old Frenchman is remaining optimistic about a speedy recovery, and points to Cisse as the man to emulate on his road to recovery.
At 30-years-old, Cisse was recalled to the France national team last week, a fine achievement for a player whose career could have been over after a suffering a second serious leg-break in 2006.
"Djibril suffered operations worse than mine and he always came back," said Sagna. "He has a force of character that is an example to all players.
"Some would have decided to give up or come back at a lower level. The fact that he was recalled to the France team, and he showed so much desire, is an example."
Sagna's injury will mean an opportunity for young Gunner Carl Jenkinson to establish himself in Arsene Wenger's side. And despite the 19-year-old only moving to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, the crocked full-back has backed his understudy, as well as all the new young players that have arrived in north London to rise to the Arsenal challenge.
"They are all doing well," he confirmed in an interview with skysports.com. "Everybody in the team likes them already and this is always a compliment.
"Of course, we need to get to know each other a bit more. But with time we will [all] get better and better."
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