Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club's prolonged injury nightmare shows no sign of letting up, revealing that Aaron Ramsey's latest injury setback looks set to keep him sidelined for another fortnight at the very least.
Ramsey last featured for the Gunners on Boxing Day and has consistently struggled to fully recover from a torn thigh muscle ever since, with planned comebacks against Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur in the last few months postponed due to continued complications.
Wenger would desperately love to call upon arguably his best player during a tremendous first half of the campaign, but has been forced to concede that the Welsh wizard is likely to miss next month's FA Cup sem-final against Wigan Athletic if things do not improve for the better very quickly.
Koscielny and Ozil are also struggling with calf and hamstring problems respectively, with no sign of an immediate first-team return before March turns to April and the fixtures continue to come thick and fast.
As thoughts turned from last night's 2-2 draw against Swansea to a long injury list Wenger told GiveMeSport during his post-match press conference: "It's difficult to fight with half of the team out.
"None of them [Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere and Koscielny] are close to coming back. Koscielny is out for a while, after that Ozil is at least two to three weeks.
"Ramsey is maybe the closest. Maybe two weeks, but he's had little setbacks. Sometimes scar tissue will bleed a little bit and we have to slow down again. When a guy has a tendon injuy in a very sensitive place it's difficult. You always have to push, but not too far."
Wenger has limited options in terms of rotation but must rally the troops following arguably their most testing 72 hours of the season to date, with the pain of a 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea followed up by conceding a last-gap equaliser against Swansea last night.
The Gunners now face a fierce fight to maintain their current position in the fourth and final Champions League spot as Everton lurk dangerously within striking distance, five points behind with a game in-hand on Wenger's men.
Everton host Arsenal in the Premier League a week on Sunday, but first the Gunners must contend with free-scoring Manchester City at the Emirates this Saturday in a bid to reverse their alarming recent form, without a string of influential players.
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