Friday, 18 November 2011

Gunners lose duo to injury -Wilshere's boost -Wenger targets £14m+ Brazilian striker

Morning Gooners.

A very quick round-up to end the week, as I'm already running late.

The manager has revealed we've received some bad news following the international break, losing both Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson to injury.

Wenger said on Gibbs:

"He has a hernia and had surgery on Thursday. He looks like he will be out for between four and five weeks. 
"At first he had an abdominal strain, certainly caused by the fact that he had a hernia already. When the strain was healed we discovered that he had a hernia. We had a fear that could be behind it so we decided to do the surgery."
Whilst on Carl Jenkinson, the mangaer revealed:
"Carl has a stress fracture in his back. That's just about rest now. We discovered that because he had a pain in his back. First you monitor it, then play a little bit and then you check again because you are cautious.  
"We found a small stress fracture that we noticed at an early stage. If he continued to play it could have got worse and then he could be out for a long time. So at the moment the specialist has decided to rest him."

We've not had the best of luck when it comes to the full back positions this season. Bacary Sagna won't be back in action until after Christmas, so you would expect Johan Djourou to deputise on the right hand side of defence against Norwich tomorrow.

However we have received some positive news about Jack Wilshere. He's off crutches and will be able to pick up his rehabilitation ahead of a return in the new year.

Marouane Chamakh is available for the weekend after his knee injury and Abou Diaby is back in full training although I imagine it will be a number of weeks before he's fully ready to play again.

Thierry Henry has returned to the club to keep up his fitness during the MLS close season. It's always great to see him back in the red and white of our club. A little prediction - Henry will sign for us in January - no inside knowledge this will happen, just a gut feeling.

The transfer rumour of the day is that we're on the tail of 22-year-old Internacional striker Leandro Damiao. The Brazilian international has scored 17 goals in 13 games for his club this season and according to the Daily Mail, Spurs have already had a £14million offer rejected.

The manager will sit down with the media later, so it will be interesting to hear his thoughts on tomorrow's team. No doubt he'll also be asked about the Sepp Blatter racism row.

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