By Richard Clarke
Arsenal will be without Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Eboue for two weeks and four weeks respectively.
Both midfielders suffered their injuries during the defeat at Braga on Tuesday. The Spaniard hurt his hamstring while the Ivorian was stretchered off with a knee ligament problem.
Both players are still being assessed. But when Arsène Wenger spoke to TV Online before training on Thursday, he gave us the best estimate possible.
“Eboue has a medial knee ligament strain,” he said. “It can be four weeks, can be six weeks or can be eight weeks. But I think it will be four weeks minimum.
“Fabregas will be assessed today with a scan. After that we can tell you how long he will be out, but I count two weeks.
“It is a big blow because it will question how cautious we have to be in the future with him. Cesc has played 50 games a year since a young age. We may have to be more cautious with him, especially in the next two months.”
On the upside, there were no other injuries from Tuesday while, on the same day, Aaron Ramsey and Manuel Almunia started their comebacks in the Reserves. However both may have to wait for first-team action.
“We have a lot of bumps and bruises but everyone else should be available,” said Wenger.
“Almunia should be capable to play but I will see how he reacts.
“Ramsey needs competitive games. He played 45 minutes and he did well. We need to get him slowly and progressively into competition mode.”Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source