Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has been ruled out for six weeks while Laurent Koscielny faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Watford, manager Arsene Wenger has said.
During Germany's World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan, Mustafi pulled up with the problem and needed to be helped off the pitch, and it was immediately suggested by coach Joachim Low that the 25-year-old would miss a prolonged period.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes he has never been fitter as he attempts to convince manager Arsene Wenger he is worthy of a Premier League return.
It means Mustafi isn't expected to be available before the November global break and will therefore miss Arsenal's next seven games including Premier League fixtures against Watford, Everton, Swansea and Manchester City.
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There is better injury news, however, regarding Sead Kolasinac, who was forced off whilst playing for Bosnia on Tuesday night with the left-sided defender expected to be available for the game against the Hornets.
It was in Belarus where Wilshere showed shades of the form that saw him regarded as one of England's brightest young players when he first broke through at The Emirates.
Wenger said: "Kolasinac is a minor problem, a hip problem". We have to cope with that now.
'Koscielny has a definite final test tomorrow but at the moment he is not available.
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"He trained on his own and the signs were positive so we will test him on Friday".
"I have [concerns about the line-up]". The player looks happy.
Arsenal are on a run of four consecutive wins in all competitions and have not lost since the 4-0 reverse to Liverpool in August.
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