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Kolašinac out for two weeks after Hawthorns injury

Defensive headache for Gunners ahead of Chelsea clash

02 January, 2018 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

TANK full-back Sead Kolašinac will miss Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea tomorrow night with an ankle injury.

The 24-year-old – a free transfer signing from Schalke in the summer – had just been recalled to the first XI when he was hit with an ankle injury against West Brom on New Year’s Eve. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed today (Tuesday) that the defender could be out for two weeks, making him unlikely to be available for the FA Cup trip to Nottingham Forest and the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final, also against Chelsea.

He joins Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in the treatment room, and adds to Wenger’s selection headache in defence. The Arsenal manager is likely to play five at the back against Chelsea but is also missing Nacho Monreal and could be without Laurent Koscielny, who also came off injured against the Baggies. “He is 30-70 available,” said Wenger in relation to Koscielny’s availability.

Mesut Ozil could return after being sidelined at the Hawthorns with a slight knee injury.

 

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