By Richard Clarke
Kolo Toure has joined Theo Walcott on the Arsenal injury list.
It has been widely reported that the winger dislocated his shoulder on England duty and will be out for three months. However, speaking exclusively to Arsenal TV Online on Thursday, Arsène Wenger added that he is likely to be without his Ivorian centre half for the trip to Manchester City.
At this point of the week, the full effect of international games is hard to predict with 100 per cent accuracy. However, despite the fact that Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Vela had not yet arrived back at the Training Ground, he seemed confident no other players would be out.
As it is, Wenger knows Cesc Fabregas is suspended, Robin van Persie is back after a three-match ban and Emmanuel Eboue (knee) is still injured.
“Kolo Toure is a major doubt,” said Wenger. “He got an injury on his calf with Ivory Coast. But apart from him and Adebayor, who flies in tonight and I have not spoken to, everybody is OK. “
In the past, Wenger has been reluctant to use players who arrive back late after long, arduous flights. However, with injuries biting, the Frenchman will not stick with that policy for Manchester City.
“At the moment no,” he said. “I will need everybody on board. We only get back Carlos Vela tomorrow morning, maybe the afternoon. So when he lands we will have to transfer him to Manchester.”
Wenger’s full video interview will be available on Friday morning. In it he talks about:
- Walcott’s injury
- Pulling players out of international games
- The compensation issue
- The timetable for Eduardo’s return
- His analysis of the Villa game
- How to become consistent
- Why Man City are the most attacking side Arsenal could face
- Robinho and Shaun Wright-Phillips
- Why he has to be a fighter