Arsene Wenger has delivered an update on the injury-stricken Tomas Rosicky, claiming that the player’s agent might have underplayed how long the midfielder will be out for.
Yesterday reports emerged suggesting that the Czech Republic international would be forced to sit out of action for around one or two months after undergoing surgery to fix a problem with his knee.
However Wenger has today revealed that Rosicky isn’t likely to be back until after two months, though the club haven’t yet attached an official date for his expected return.
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"Tomas has had surgery on his knee,” he said, as per BT Sport.
“His agent said he will be out for one or two months, but it will be longer. How long exactly, we don’t know yet.”
Of course whilst not a massive blow to Arsenal’s plans, the 34-year-old’s absence is an unfortunate one, particularly if he doesn’t return until well into the season.
Rosicky adds an experienced balance to Wenger’s team when selected, and the fact that his contract was extended this summer for another year pays testament to the fact that the Frenchman believes he can still be an important asset despite his advancing years.
The leal servant
2016 will mark the ex-Borussia Dortmund man’s tenth year in the Premier League with Arsenal, and over that time he’s proved himself a versatile and consistent performer.
He was always going to be sitting on the fringes of the squad this term due to the other options Wenger has at his disposal, but all the same fans will look forward to his return.
Meanwhile Wenger has a more important headache to navigate, one that centres around the Gunners beating Crystal Palace this coming weekend as they look to bounce back from their shock opening day defeat at the hands of West Ham.
Arsenal fans, is losing Rosicky for more than two months a blow? Let us know what you think he adds to the squad in the comments box below.