Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Mustafi out, Koscielny set for late fitness test - Wenger

Mustafi out, Koscielny set for late fitness test - Wenger

Mustafi's injury adds to Arsenal's injury woes as they face a defensive crisis for Saturday's trip to Watford with Laurent Koscielny and Sead Kolasinac also doubts for the game.

Following two defeats from their opening three Premier League matches, Arsenal are unbeaten through seven outings in all competitions, with four successive victories.

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Koscielny, on the other hand, skipped the recent global break to recover from an Achilles injury that has been a long-standing issue for the France defender. He trained on his own and the first signs are positive.

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He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed a part of the 2017 IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad , owing to a hamstring injury.

"We've lost Mustafi for about four to six weeks", said Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. "If he has no pain on his Achilles then he will play".

"It's always hard. The player I expected to lose the least during the break was Mustafi, because first of all I was not sure if he would play and secondly Germany were already qualified so you didn't expect him to be out injured because the games would be less intense. Now don't get me wrong, I don't run the most, we've got a lot of players that do that, but my numbers are good so I'm happy".

Koscielny has had the problem for many seasons and though he has not yet resumed full training, he is set to return to action with the squad ahead of Saturday's game.

"The minor problem we have with Sead Kolasnic, we'll check him today, it's a hip problem", the Frenchman said on Thursday. "I am more concerned that yesterday afternoon I watched the whole game Brazil against Chile to see how hard the game was and I must say he got some special treatment in this game".

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