By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger admits he is resigned to players returning from international duty carrying knocks.

Both Theo Walcott and Laurent Koscielny picked up injuries while away with their respective countries in the past week and have been ruled out of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Norwich.

And Wenger believes losing players for domestic action is a consequence of having so many internationals at the Club.

“That’s a price to pay for the fact that you have many international players,” he said. “We had two players here. Everybody else was away. Statistically, you will lose one or two during these international breaks.

“This time we lost Koscielny [and] Walcott. Everybody else came back [without injury]. This is the period where you start to have injuries.”

Walcott was the victim of a strong challenge from San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini during England’s 5-0 win at Wembley last Friday - and Wenger admits he was worried at the time.

“It was scary. Theo said he felt like a lorry had hit him,” he said.

“The most dangerous [thing] when you are a football player is to play against players of a lower level, because that’s where you feel in most trouble. If they hit you, they don’t do it on purpose - but they are the most dangerous. Sometimes, when you go down a level, that’s what you face.”

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19 Oct 2012