Thomas Vermaelen will not travel to Asia with the first-team squad for the Arsenal Tour 2013.

The club captain has picked up a back injury and it has been decided that he will stay back at London Colney to receive treatment from the Arsenal medical team.

Arsenal.com will update on Thomas' progress in due course.

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