Friday 18 November 2011
Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs has undergone a hernia operation that is set to keep him out for up to five weeks.
The 22-year-old sustained a stomach injury in training a month ago and looks unlikely to feature again until at least mid-December.
Manager Arsene Wenger told the Club's official website: "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."
"We have lost two full-backs over the break"
- Arsene Wenger
The Gunners will also be without Carl Jenkinson for the Barclays Premier League game against Norwich on Saturday after he suffered a back injury.
"We have had some bad news because we have lost two full-backs over the [international] break," Wenger added.
"But apart from that all the players came back in good shape and everybody is available.
"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."
There was better news on the injury front for Wenger in the shape of Abou Diaby and Marouane Chamakh.
"They are both back in full training again," said Wenger. "Diaby has been out for four or five months so he will need some adaptation. Chamakh is available for the weekend."