LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have been dealt a massive blow with the news that German striker Lukas Podolski will be out for up to ten weeks with a hamstring injury.
Initially the club thought Podolski would have been out for just three weeks with the injury he picked up in the second leg Champions League playoff clash Fenerbahce, but further scan shows the Arsenal star will be missing for close to two and a half months.
“It is bad news about Lukas Podolski as he will be out for eight to 10 weeks,” Wenger said on www.arsenal.com. “His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start.
“It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price for that win [over Fenerbahce]. We have to be patient now.”
The injury to Podolski comes at a bad time for Arsenal who are preparing for the north London derby against Tottenham in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Wenger did have some positive news about the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.
“The news (about Ramsey and Wilshere) is quite positive,” the manager said. “They just had bumps and bruises. They will be involved.
Wenger also gave the latest news on midfielder Mikel Arteta and defender Thomas Vermaelen, who are both edging closer to returning.
“Arteta is doing OK but there are few weeks to go with him. Thomas Vermaelen could be back after the international break,” he added on the Arsenal website.