Tomas Rosicky adds to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal’s injury woes
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been ruled out for up to three months with a thigh injury, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The 35-year-old injured himself in Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup victory over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium which was his first appearance of the season.
The Czech Republic international, who missed the first half of the campaign with a knee injury, was making his first appearance for Arsenal in over eight months.
He had only just come off the bench in the fourth round tie when he got injured.
Arsenal held out for the win, thanks to a composed finish from Alexis Sanchez and now face a fifth round tie against Championship leaders Hull City in a repeat of the 2014 final.
Midfielder Rosicky has only a few months left on the one-year contract extension he signed in the summer.
Arsenal boss Wenger was asked if the Czech might have played his final game for the London club at his press conference on Friday morning.
The Frenchman replied: “I hope not but the injury is quite a serious one. He will not need surgery.”
Wenger added that he wants to support the player, not write him off.
Rosicky joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2006 and has made 246 appearances for the Gunners in his almost ten-year stay at the Emirates.
He completed 45 minutes for Arsenal’s under-21 side in January, but now faces a race against time to be fit again before the end of the season.
Elsewhere, Wenger did confirm that striker Danny Welbeck will make his return for the under-21 side on Friday.
The 25-year-old England international has been out since April after injuring himself in the goalless draw with Chelsea.
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