By Chris Harris

Neil Banfield had good news on the injury front when he spoke to Arsenal.com after Wednesday night's Reserve League clash at Stoke.

French youngster Francis Coquelin hobbled off the Britannia Stadium pitch in some discomfort during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with the Potters. Coquelin's injury came just a week after striker Rhys Murphy was stretchered off during the Youth Cup victory over Wolves at Underhill.

Both players seemed set for lengthy lay-offs but Banfield is confident that they will be back sooner than expected.

"I think Coquelin is fine," he told Arsenal.com. "He has twisted his ankle after Kyle [Bartley] stamped on him when they were defending a cross. I think he'll be OK.

"As for Rhys, his ankle is not as bad as we first thought. The physios are saying it's four to six weeks so thank God it wasn't as bad as we all thought."

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